Wednesday, November 29
I have been concerned with my prayer life recently. It has to do with the fact that I don’t pray enough. And it’s not just how much I pray, or how I pray, but my attitude toward it. According to dedicated prayer warriors, it should be an awesome encounter, a finite sinful creature in the presence of a holy and sovereign God. And it should be a love relationship, something to be anticipated with joy and eagerness—like a person spending time with his fiancée—except that it would have more eternal ramifications. Robert Murray McCheyne said “What a man is alone and on his knees before God, that he is, and no more.” I’m not sure that I understand all that he meant by that statement, but I’m sure it includes the points mentioned above. I don’t think the physical position of being on one’s knees is the issue, but it reflects the attitude of the pray-er in facing a holy God. And that attitude would also shape the prayer itself. McCheyne doesn’t specify what the results of such a prayer life would be, either, but it would have to include satisfaction, renewed trust in God, and a resolve to please God. I want that kind of relationship with God, but do I want it enough to bring about a change? I think God will have to have a hand in it. It’s kind of like a paradox. I need to pray that I will have a vital prayer life.