Thursday, October 06, 2016

Ignorance in Prayer

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
O Lord the Savior and Defense
of us your chosen race,
from age to age you still have been
 our sure abiding place.
Before you brought the mountains forth
or earth and heaven did frame,
you always were the mighty God,
and shall e'er be the same.
 —Psalm 90:1-2
Suggested tune: St. Louis (CMD)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
—Romans 8:27
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
We all have been taught to pray. And when we are called upon, we can pray—but it gets far too easy, and I am afraid we think we are praying often when there is little real prayer. Now if we are to have the praying of the Holy Spirit in us, one thing is needed: we must begin by feeling, “I cannot pray.”

When a person breaks down and cannot pray, and there is a fire burning in their heart, and a burden resting upon them, there is something drawing them to God. “I know not what to pray”—oh, blessed ignorance!

How blessed to come to God and say, “Lord, we know not what to ask. You know what to grant.” The Holy Spirit could pray a hundred fold more in us if we were only conscious of our ignorance, because we would then feel our dependence upon God. May God teach us our ignorance in prayer and our impotence, and may God bring us to say, “Lord, we cannot pray; we do not know what prayer is.”
—Andrew Murray
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know what I need before I ask and you know my ignorance in asking: Have compassion on my weakness, and mercifully give me those things which because of my unworthiness I dare not, and because of my blindness I cannot ask
—BCP (alt.)
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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