No third-degree prayer
No third-degree prayer
I am afraid most of us have three degrees of temperature in regard to our prayers or our desires.
The highest is for temporal wants for ourselves; medium, spiritual good for ourselves; the most tepid of them all for the progress of Christ’s kingdom.
It takes a man with a spirit to pray. “Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven,” as it ought to be prayed.
It can’t be done with the “third degree.”
To pray is to acknowledge that our blessings come from God. Our dependence is in him, and this is what Jesus taught us in the model prayer he gave the disciples.
What do you need from God? Do you need deliverance or do you need grace? Most of us don’t know what we need.
That doesn’t mean the need is not real. Thank God, He doesn’t require us to diagnose our condition. He is simply listening for the cries of His children. “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16 KJV).
Our heavenly Father does not make it difficult to communicate with Him. He does not require complicated or eloquent prayers. He is moved by our needs and by our confidence in Him. He answers prayer because He loves us.
Paul tells us how to pray in Romans 12:12 (KJV): “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulations; continuing instant in prayer ...” There must be the most fervent and intense appeal to the throne of grace for the power of the Holy Spirit.
Without Him, you cannot hate evil; you cannot do good; you cannot love your brothers and sisters; you have no hope, therefore you cannot endure tribulation patiently; you cannot handle life’s problems.
So, what should we do? What if you do pray in broken words intermingled with sobs and tears — that’s OK. God understands.
A man took his son camping and was teaching him to put up a tent, which was constructed to require air blown into channels for support. The little boy was trying his best to blow enough air into the structure, but it just wouldn’t stand up. Finally he said, “Daddy, I don’t have enough breath to make it strong. It needs your breath.”
We need the breath of the Lord. His Spirit will empower — it will give strength — it will help us to stand. And what’s more, God doesn’t get out of breath. He will grant you “according to the riches.”
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us” (1 John 5:14 KJV). Confidence in God is not third-degree praying.
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