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Oct. 20, 2022

October Surprise 2022: “A Call to Prayer.” Day 15

October Surprise 2022: “A Call to Prayer.” Day 15

October 15, 2022 - Inspired by J.C. Ryle's treatise on Prayer.

We truncated our introduction for the last half of our October episodes. Our shorter introduction ends at the 3:18 mark if you would like to skip to that mark. This way, you have less to wade through.

But this I do say, that not praying is a clear proof that a man is not yet a true Christian. He cannot really feel his sins. He cannot love God. He cannot feel himself a debtor to Christ. He cannot long after holiness. He cannot desire heaven. He has yet to be born again. He has “yet to be made a new creature. He may boast confidently of election, grace, faith, hope, and knowledge, and deceive ignorant people. But you may rest assured it is all vain talk if he does not pray.”

Subtly woven into this paragraph are the four main elements of prayer, Confession, Worship, Thanksgiving, and Intercession. These are undeniable marks of a heart saved by grace and one that is longing for knowledge of the Savior.

Indeed it was David’s fellowship with the God of his salvation that made him confess:

Psalm 27:13

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

Even in the best of times, God’s people need strength, courage, and patience. How. Much more in our day?

“What a man is on his knees before God, that he is and nothing more.”

Robert Murray M’Cheyne

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