Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Heavenly Art of Effective Prayer

In his book Teach Me to Pray (Bethany House, 2002; ISBN: 0-7642-2596-0), Andrew Murray writes, “Amid the painful consciousness of ignorance and unworthiness, and in the struggle between believing and doubting, the heavenly art of effective prayer is learned” (14). 

Oh how I love this quote! Growth in prayer is not about our strength but about God’s strength. It’s not about our perfection but about God’s perfection. It’s not about our faithfulness but about God’s faithfulness. 

And as if this was not enough, Jesus has promised to finish the work he began in us until the day he returns. In other words, he has promised to make us intercessors even as he intercedes day and night in the Father’s manifest presence. 

The heavenly art of effective prayer is born of the grace of Christ, for the glory of Christ, and for this we give him much thanks and praise!

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