Why We Can’t Not Pray
What follows is a brief excerpt from the book mentioned above that really touched me, and brings me to my knees in prayer and worship every time I read it.
“Let him who does not pray expect nothing whatsoever from God- neither salvation nor renewal nor direction nor grace. Rather, he is consigned to the whims and fancy of his own mind, the will of his own ego, and the direction of his own thinking. He is like one who has rejected the intervention of the Lord Jesus in his life, like the one who hides himself from the Spirit of God. A man who wishes to remain as he is and not be changed, renewed or saved. His life unconsciously changes from bad to worse. He recedes spiritually day after day. The ties that bind him to the earth and the flesh increase without his awareness. His ego remains the source of all his desires and ambitions.
As for his relationship with Christ, it remains only superficial and outward. It has no power to change or amend anything. The possibility even to deny Christ at times of danger, temptation, illness, or poverty becomes imminent.
So if man does not pray, he can never be changed or renewed, and he who is not changed or renewed can have no genuine or effective relationship with Christ. His worship, however active, is nothing but an outward protrusion or a superficial growth. In the end it breaks off, bearing no fruit.”
Let these words move us to develop a habit of communing with the God who made us. He who desires for us to know Him intimately through time in His presence, is calling His sons to Himself. Let’s not keep Him waiting.
- November 5, 2013
- faith, growth, prayer, quiet time