Humility – The First Step in a Life of Prayer

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by: Jack Harter

10/15/2020

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As followers of Christ, we all want to have a powerful, Spirit filled prayer life. We all want our prayers to draw us closer to our God and to propel Him into action on behalf of our petitions. We long for the kind of alone time with God that A.W. Tozer says “elevates and purifies every act of body and mind and integrates the entire personality into a single spiritual unit.” In other words, we want our whole life, word, thought, and action, to be a life of prayer. If you are like me, every time you try to press harder into this type of intimate relationship with God, you suffer another attack against those attempts by the evil one. Two of my favorite scriptures that teach us how to develop a walk with God that cultivates a life of prayer are James 4:7-8 and 1 Peter 5:6-10. They give us solid instruction on how to both develop that kind of walk with God and “resist the devil.” Perhaps what is most impactful about both these writings is the verse that proceeds them. It is no coincidence that both writers quote the same scripture prior to instructing us how to live a life of the Spirit. They both quote Proverbs and tell us: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”  It is obvious that they are stressing the imperative that we must walk humbly into this experience with God. In order to cultivate a walk with God that empowers us to have a rich and powerful prayer life, we must remember the order and nature of our relationship with Him. He created us, He saved us, and now He seeks relationship with us! We must remember that we are sinners saved by the grace that He so richly poured out for us on the cross of Calvary. It is only when we enter our prayer time knowing, deep in our souls, that only through the redemption of His death are we able to truly enter His throne room in prayer. Only then can we truly start to live a life of prayer.

As followers of Christ, we all want to have a powerful, Spirit filled prayer life. We all want our prayers to draw us closer to our God and to propel Him into action on behalf of our petitions. We long for the kind of alone time with God that A.W. Tozer says “elevates and purifies every act of body and mind and integrates the entire personality into a single spiritual unit.” In other words, we want our whole life, word, thought, and action, to be a life of prayer. If you are like me, every time you try to press harder into this type of intimate relationship with God, you suffer another attack against those attempts by the evil one. Two of my favorite scriptures that teach us how to develop a walk with God that cultivates a life of prayer are James 4:7-8 and 1 Peter 5:6-10. They give us solid instruction on how to both develop that kind of walk with God and “resist the devil.” Perhaps what is most impactful about both these writings is the verse that proceeds them. It is no coincidence that both writers quote the same scripture prior to instructing us how to live a life of the Spirit. They both quote Proverbs and tell us: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”  It is obvious that they are stressing the imperative that we must walk humbly into this experience with God. In order to cultivate a walk with God that empowers us to have a rich and powerful prayer life, we must remember the order and nature of our relationship with Him. He created us, He saved us, and now He seeks relationship with us! We must remember that we are sinners saved by the grace that He so richly poured out for us on the cross of Calvary. It is only when we enter our prayer time knowing, deep in our souls, that only through the redemption of His death are we able to truly enter His throne room in prayer. Only then can we truly start to live a life of prayer.

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