Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Little Something I Read Today

I've had the devotional, My Utmost for His Highest for several years, and recently I decided to pull it back out and go through it again.  It's one of those you could read year after year after year, and still learn from it.  It just never gets old to me.  Today's devotion was about the purpose of prayer and the purpose of the Cross in our lives.  It was so good to me, I wanted to copy it on here for you to read incase you do not own a copy of this devotional.  I would encourage you to get this if you are looking for a new devotional!


The Cross in Prayer  by Oswald Chambers

"In that day you will ask in My name..."  (John 16:26)

"We too often think of the Cross of Christ as something we have to get through, yet we get through for the purpose of getting into it.  The Cross represents only one thing for us - complete, entire, absolute identification with the Lord Jesus Christ - and there is nothing in which the identification is more real to us than in prayer.

'Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him' (Matthew 6:8).  Then why should we ask?  The point of prayer is not to get answers from God, but to have perfect and complete oneness with Him.  If we pray only because we want answers, we will become irritated and angry with God.  We receive an answer every time we pray, but it does not always come in the way we expect, and our spiritual irritation shows our refusal to identify ourselves truly with our Lord in prayer.  We are not here to prove that God answers prayer, but to be living trophies of God's grace.

'... I do no say to you that shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you...'  (John 16:26-27).  Have you reached such a level of intimacy with God that the only thing that can account for your prayer life is that it has become one with the prayer life of Jesus Christ?  Has our Lord exchanged your life with His vital life?  If so, then "in that day" you will be so closely identified with Jesus that there will be no distinction.

When prayer seems to be unanswered, beware of trying to place the blame on someone else.  That is always a trap for Satan.  When you seem to have no answer, there is always a reason - God uses these times to give you deep personal instruction, and it is not for anyone else but you."

Lord, forgive me of using prayer as a means to get what I want.  Make me so closely identified with Jesus that there is no distinction.  The one thing I want more than all else is to know you. Help me to recognize times of seemingly unanswered prayers, as times to draw closer in relationship with you."

~Josh and Jill




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