Sunday, May 11, 2014

Pink: prayer as confession

Sunday, May 11, 2014
All my longings lie open before you, O Lord;
    my sighing is not hidden from you.
    —Psalm 38:9 (NIV)
    Prayer is not appointed for the furnishing of God with the knowledge of what we need, but it is designed as a confession to Him of our sense of the need. In this, as in everything, God’s thoughts are not as ours. God requires that His gifts should be sought for. He designs to be honoured by our asking, just as He is to be thanked by us after He has bestowed His blessing.
    ... A. W. Pink (1886-1952), The Sovereignty of God [1918], CCEL, 1972, p. 180 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 38:9; Num. 23:19; 1 Sam. 15:29; Job 9:32; Matt. 6:8; Luke 12:30; 18:1; John 16:23-24; Rom. 11:29; 1 Cor. 14:1; Col. 3:17; 1 Thess. 5:17; Jas. 5:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, for all Your gifts Your people give You thanks and praise.
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