The Truth regarding Prayer
“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:14 NIV)
In all His instructions, our Lord Jesus spoke much oftener to His disciples about their praying than their preaching. In the farewell discourse, He said little about preaching, but much about the Holy Spirit, and their asking whatsoever they would in His Name. If we are to return to this life of the first apostles and of Paul, and really accept the truth every day—my first work, my only strength is intercession, to secure the power of God on the souls entrusted to me—we must have the courage to confess past sin, and to believe that there is deliverance. To break through old habits, to resist the clamor of pressing duties that have always had their way, to make every other call subordinate to this one, whether others approve or not, will not be easy at first. But the men or women who are faithful will not only have a reward themselves, but become benefactors to their brethren.
-Andrew Murray (excerpted and adapted from the devotional book When You Call upon the Lord, edited and compiled by Charles A. Cook)
Let us pursue the goal of giving ourselves more fully to prayer in 2019, with the help of the Holy Spirit that is within us.
Read John 14:8-21.