Have you ever told someone you’d pray for them and then forgot until it was “too late”? Or your friend overseas asked you to pray for a specific event and you missed it because of the time change? Or your burden to pray is great, but you just have no words?
I really think that if God is not bound by time like we are (and he’s not), then he is also not limited by our imperfections and sin, including not praying how or when we ought. This is not me saying it’s okay not to pray because God will do whatever he wants anyway. God is sovereign, yes, but he loves to use the means of prayer and loves to hear the prayers of his children.
What I am saying, is that God knows what you will pray before you pray it. He knows your heart. And He hears your prayer because we have an advocate. The Spirit intercedes for you before the Father!
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27)
Did you hear that? According to the will of God. How glorious! Not our will, but His.
And though the answer may not come in the way you’d hope or imagine, He will use it for good. He will grow your faith. He will encourage the saints. Don’t be discouraged by your weakness—God’s power is made perfect in your weakness! (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Keep praying, friends. Even in weakness.
“The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16)
Do you feel like God is disappointed in you? Like you will never measure up? Like you fail too often?
If I am honest, I think like this often. But if 2 Corinthians 5:21 is true (and it is),
For our sake he made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
and if Psalm 103:10-14 is true (and it is),
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
then if you are in Christ, though your sin grieves him, God looks at you with the same love and delight as Jesus, his perfect son.
Even if your sin goes deeper than you could ever imagine, God’s grace goes deeper still.
You could never do enough to please him on our own, but Christ. We are weak, but Christ! He really does love you. His Word really is sufficient. His promises really are true. Trust that his sacrifice is enough for you today!
“All of the sin I have committed
Was placed upon Your righteous Son
And now You see me through His perfection
As if I’d never done any wrong”
Always Forgiven, © 2003 Sovereign Grace Worship.
Ah, yes. The first blog post.
I probably won’t have anything unique to say here that you haven’t heard before. But if you are like me, I forget things. I forget to see the beauty in everyday life. I forget to remind myself of the truths of the gospel, of the goodness of God. I forget to be thankful. I forget to fight the good fight of faith.
Sometimes it doesn’t take much for me to forget. A suffering friend. A difficult memory. A lonely moment. An old fear. A hope deferred, again. And when I forget, doubt and unbelief creep in and steal my hope and stifle my joy. So I write to remember. My hope is that it will remind you, too.