“I am poor and needy — come quickly to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer. O Lord, do not delay!” Psalm 70:5
The act of prayer teaches us our unworthiness — which is a very beneficial lesson for such proud beings as we are. If God gave us blessings without constraining us to pray for them — we would never know how poor we are. But a true prayer is . . .
an inventory of our needs,
a catalog of our necessities,
a revelation of our hidden poverty.
While prayer is an application to divine wealth — it is also a confession of human emptiness. The most healthy state of a Christian, is to be . . .
always empty in SELF and constantly depending upon the Lord for supplies;
always poor in SELF — and rich in Jesus;
as weak as water personally — but mighty through God to do great exploits.
And hence prayer, while it adores God, it lays the creature where it should be — in the very dust!
Prayer is in itself, apart from the answer which it brings, a great benefit to the Christian. As the runner gains strength for the race by daily exercise; so for the great race of life, we acquire energy by the hallowed labor of prayer. Prayer plumes the wings of God’s young eaglets — that they may learn to soar above the clouds! Prayer sends God’s warriors forth to combat — with their sinews braced and their muscles firm. An earnest pleader comes out of his closet, even as the sun arises from the chambers of the east — rejoicing like a strong man to run his race.
Prayer is that uplifted hand of Moses — which routs the Amalekites more than the sword of Joshua. Prayer . . .
girds human weakness with divine strength,
turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and
gives the peace of God to troubled mortals.
We have no idea what prayer can do!
We thank you, great God, for the mercy-seat — a choice proof of Your marvelous loving-kindness. Help us to use it aright throughout this day!
— Charles Spurgeon