I was moved by this encouragement in my Strengthen My Spirit devotional by Charles H. Spurgeon this morning. Had HAD to share it:
“In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12, NIV
To me it is a most delightful reflection that if I come to the throne of God in prayer, I may feel a thousand defects, but yet there is hope. I usually feel more dissatisfied with my prayers than with anything else I do. We sometimes hear of persons commended for preaching well, but if any shall be enabled to pray well, there will be an equal gift and a higher grace to it.
But suppose in our prayers there should be defects of knowledge: It is a throne of grace, and our Father knows we have need of these things. Suppose there should be defects of faith: He sees our little faith and still does not reject it, small as it is. He does not in every case measure out His gifts by the degree of our faith, but by the sincerity and trueness of faith.
And if there should be grave defects in our spirit even, and failures in the fervency or in the humility of the prayer, still, though these should not be there and are much to be deplored, grace overlooks all this, forgives all this, and still its merciful hand is stretched out to enrich us according to our needs.
Surely this ought to induce many to pray who have not prayed and should make us who have been long accustomed to use the consecrated art of prayer to draw near with greater boldness than ever to the throne of grace.”
While I always want to be gracefully bold as a Christian, telling others about Jesus, encouraging, teaching, admonishing as He leads me…more than anything I long to pray to God with this kind of freedom and confidence. Not because I’m worthy, but because He is. Not because more prayer makes me feel more holy, but because I desire to know the Holy of Holies.
The more I know Him, the smaller I get and the larger He lives life through me. That’s bold at its best, and He gives it freely by His grace and for His glory.
Let’s take Spurgeon’s advice and “draw near with greater boldness than ever to the throne of grace.”
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