Sunday, April 25, 2010
"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16
"Jesus Christ is a God whom we approach without pride and before whom we humble ourselves without despair." -Blaise Pascal
Although we may go into the throne room of the Holy Lord God with boldness, it is always a humble boldness. A loving and grateful boldness.
Here are some more thoughts on prayer:
"And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness" (Acts 4:29). How did God answer their prayer? "And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness." (ver. 31). God replied with an earthquake. He wanted them to know that their prayers could shake the earth. ...When i read passages like this I do think we play with praying. We know of John Knox as a preacher. However, it was not his preaching that Mary, Queen of Scotland, feared. She confessed, "I fear the prayers of John Knox more than all the assembled armies of Europe." ....
God revealed to a persecuted and suffering church... "There is power in prayer--power that can shape history and shake the earth." Does the world fear our prayers?" -John P. Startelle, From Tabletalk April 2010 issue.