QT thoughts today (in Psalm 69):
13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord, at an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
When we ask God to save us, it shouldn’t be from a heart of “we deserve to be saved, God, you should save us!” Not out of impudent demand and defiant arrogance, but out of a deep understanding that God is full of grace and is faithful in His love. He will save, not because we are deserving, but because we are lacking and He is full of mercy. We must ask God to save out of His glorious nature, not our own sinful one. We must humble ourselves when we ask Him for help – and this is how we must pray. Not out of a sense of “God, you have to do this for me because I’ll help you do that, or God, make this stop because I have suffered enough.” It is out of a sense of “at the right time, Lord, extend your mercy to me, for I know you are merciful and compassionate at heart, and I wish to be saved by you so that you may bring glory to your name.”
16 Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
32 When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. 33 For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.
The needy are those who have humbled and emptied themselves out. They know that they have nothing. They are absolutely destitute in spirit. These are the people that God hears and responds to – those that call upon His name in humility and emptiness, for Christ is one who humbled himself and emptied himself for those who love Him.
Not so the wicked. The arrogant are not empty – they are full of themselves. What can Christ come to fill when their hearts are holding on to their wickedness?
So thankful for this as I have been asking the Lord to teach me how to pray. Teach me to pray like this, Lord, with humility and a deep desire for you to fill the hearts of men, my own included.
Christmas is here in five (ish – I’m all confused by the time difference) days (YAYAYAYAYAYAY)! Let us prepare our hearts in joyful expectation!