Prayer Mirrors the Gospel

In 2012, I’m begging that the Holy Spirit awakens us to our own helplessness and God’s mighty power that drives us to praying lives! We can’t just settle for having a neat little “prayer life”. No we are so helpless and God is so powerful that our entire life must be full of prayer! I’m looking forward to the new year with great expectation for what God will do in us and through us as we live gospel-saturated, praying lives! How about you?!

The gospel, God’s free gift of grace in Jesus, only works when we realize we don’t have it all together. The same is true for prayer. The very thing we are allergic to—our helplessness—is what makes prayer work. It works because we are helpless. We can’t do life on our own.

Prayer mirrors the gospel. In the gospel, the Father takes us as we are because of Jesus and gives us his gift of salvation. In prayer, the Father receives us as we are because of Jesus and gives us his gift of help. We look at the inadequacy of our praying and give up, thinking something is wrong with us. God looks as the adequacy of his Son and delights in our sloppy, meandering prayers.

— Paul Miller, A Praying Life, 55.

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