Attitudes of Prayer

HEBREWS 4:16

Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We discussed previously that we have confidence in prayer because we are praying to our Father in Heaven; God is not estranged from us, but He loves us from the depths of His heart in the same way that a good father loves his own children.

Now we will venture into God’s Word and let the Light of Christ shine upon our hearts to reveal to us what the proper attitudes of prayer are.

FAITH & OBEDIENCE

Let us  not come to God with the common attitudes of human standard; we can’t approach God according to the vastness of our intellect, or fluency of speech.  Our gold and silver perish before Him, so they do us no good.  Our status in life matters little before the God who holds the whole of the universe in the span of His hand.

PROVERBS 15:29

The LORD is far from the wicked, 
But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

Self-righteousness will not stand before God; only the righteousness that is by faith is sufficient to please God; we are righteous by faith (Romans 1:17 & Hebrews 10:38), and it’s from the heart of faith that obedience comes (James 2:14-26).

Satan’s temptation to the praying Christian is to move you off the sure foundation of trust in the blood of Christ and into the graveyard of confidence in self-achievement.  Don’t succumb to such temptation, even if it comes wrapped in the most convincing preaching!

HEBREWS 10:19-23

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Our boldness is in the victory won for us in the blood of Jesus Christ; by His blood we have boldness to enter where the high priest’s of the OT could enter only once a year.  It is by the blood of Christ that we can have the boldness of humility in the presence of God!

Let us remember the words of the prophet Micah, who said “with what shall I come before the LORD?  Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”  And let us not look to anything but the blood of Jesus for boldness before the throne of God!

 

A BROKEN AND CONTRITE HEART

The attitudes of entitlement, self-boasting or accomplishment-boasting, and pride will hear only the echoes of silence from God; He will not come near to the heart that yields these attitudes.

PSALM 51:17

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; 
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

Let your heart marvel at God; release the constraints that keep your spirit from being broken, and your soul from being contrite before God.

Do not let anyone deceive you; you need bring nothing more to God than a genuinely broken and contrite heart.  You are under no obligation to bring 5 souls won for Christ, as if they were boy-scout merit badges on a sash put up for display, but, if you will take the yoke of Christ and humble yourself before God, you will find rest in the presence of God!

SUMMARY

God has always been concerned with our heart.  While reading through Deuteronomy again it struck me how fixated God is on the heart; He never desired “rote duty”- His one desire has been that we fear the LORD, walk in all His ways, and love Him and serve Him with all our heart and soul (Deut. 10:12).

In prayer we enter before God’s throne of grace, therefore, let us first rend our hearts before God.  A lukewarm and disconnected attitude in prayer is as distasteful to God as a child whose heart is far away from his parents is to a mother or father.

Therefore let me offer this post as an encouragement to consider what attitudes you bring to God in prayer.

 

Take it Farther;

  • 2 Kings 19:14-19
  • Psalm 30:1-12
  • Psalm 34:1-3
  • Psalm 36:11
  • Psalm 51
  • Psalm 69:30
  • Psalm 101:5
  • Psalm 113
  • Psalm 117:1
  • Psalm 119:21
  • Psalm 134:1
  • Psalm 136:1-3
  • Proverbs 15:29
  • Proverbs 16:18
  • Ecclesiastes 3:11-15
  • Ecclesiastes 5:7
  • Ecclesiastes 7:15-18
  • Ecclesiastes 8:10-13
  • Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
  • Isaiah 2:17
  • Mark 7:14-23
  • Luke 1:46-55 & 68-79
  • Luke 2:13-14.
  • John 8:32
  • Romans 8:16
  • Colossians 3:16-17
  • 1st John 2:15-17
  • James 1:5-6
  • James 2:14
  • Revelation 19:1-2, 5

 

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