Friday, May 01, 2020

Ryle: all is in vain without prayer

Friday, May 1, 2020
    Feast of Philip & James, Apostles
For our offenses are many in your sight,
    and our sins testify against us.
Our offenses are ever with us,
    and we acknowledge our iniquities:
rebellion and treachery against the LORD,
    turning our backs on our God,
fomenting oppression and revolt,
    uttering lies our hearts have conceived.
    —Isaiah 59:12-13 (NIV)
    Not praying is a clear proof that a person is not yet a true Christian. They cannot really feel their sins. They cannot love God. They cannot feel themselves a debtor to Christ. They cannot long after holiness. They cannot desire heaven. They have yet to be born again. They have yet to be made a new creature. They may boast confidently of election, grace, faith, hope and knowledge, and deceive ignorant people. But you may rest assured it is all vain talk if they do not pray.
    ... J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), A Call to Prayer, published in the 1850’s as a pamphlet, American Tract Society, 1867, sec. II (see the book)
    See also Isa. 59:12-13; 1 Kings 18:25-40; Matt. 6:5; Rom. 12:12; Eph. 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:17; 1 Pet. 4:7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You hear the prayers of Your people.
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