Do you ever get in a rut when you pray? Do you catch yourself saying the same basic thing when you approach God in prayer? Is prayer more of a routine rather than a heart-felt petition? I’m afraid many of us, including myself, are more on the “wimpy” side when it comes to prayer, falling far short of the boldness that the Lord desires.
Hebrews 4:16 says:
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (NKJV)
Come boldly before God. Come boldly to the throne. Come boldly in order to obtain mercy. Come boldly before the Lord in your greatest time of need to receive the grace that He offers.
I was reading a portion of one of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons this morning. It is from 1890. Here is what he said:
“Some brethren get up in our prayer-meetings, and say some very good things; but what they really ask for, I am sure I do not know. Oh, for more definiteness in prayer! I am afraid our prayers are often clouds, and we get mists for answers.”
Is your prayer life cloudy? We must approach God with more boldness! Prayer must be a priority in our lives. We should come before the Father with a bold confidence that knows that He WILL lead and guide through every situation! I also like this other paragraph from Spurgeon’s sermon:
“Do whatever else is wise, but not till you have prayed. Send for the physician if you are sick; but first pray. Take the medicine; but first pray. Go and talk with the man who has slandered you, if you think you ought to do so; but first pray. Do not begin it until you have prayed. Begin, continue, and end everything with prayer; but especially begin with prayer.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon – The Two Guards – July 24, 1890)
It’s time to make a change when it comes to prayer. Make prayer a priority! Make boldness in prayer a requirement! When you and I do, we will obtain the mercy and grace needed to face any and every situation before us!