dOctober 20, 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.
A pastor's heart:
"A real, hearty prayer, coming from a broken and contrite spirit, is worth all these things put together.
I know that the Holy Spirit, who calls sinners from their evil ways, does in many instances lead them by very slow degrees to acquaintance with Christ. But the eye of man can only judge by what it sees. I cannot call any one justified until he believes. I dare not say that any one believes until he prays. I cannot understand a dumb faith. The first act of faith will be to speak to God. Faith is to the soul what life is to the body. Prayer is to faith what breath is to life. How a man can live and not breathe is past my comprehension, and how a man can believe and not pray is past my comprehension too."
While giving room for growth, J.C. Ryle cannot comprehend a prayer-less Christian. It is not a judgment, it is the sincere wonder at not accessing in community the lover of our souls.
J.C. Ryle, and his pastoral heart and my heart for God's people, cause the encouragement to urge you to cry out to God in obedience. Cry out to God when you're in despair, cry out to God when you're in great joy. Cry out to God with faith, lean not on our own understanding, trust God, and listen to what he says. And when he tells us that we need to pray at all times and not faint. We need to hear that, for it glorifies Him our Savior and strengthens our souls.
“What a man is on his knees before God, that he is and nothing more.”
Robert Murray M’Cheyne
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