Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Gordon: the basis of prayer

Wednesday, August 16, 2023
    In [Jesus Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
    —Ephesians 1:7 (NIV)
    The blood of the cross is the basis of all prayer. Through it the relationship is established that underlies all prayer. Only as I come to God through Jesus to get the sin score straightened, and only as I keep in sympathy with Jesus in the purpose of my life can I practice prayer.
    ... Samuel Dickey Gordon (1859-1936), Quiet Talks on Prayer, Fleming H. Revell Co., 1904, p. 129 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 1:7; Rom. 3:25-26; 5:9; Eph. 2:13; Col. 1:19-20; Heb. 10:19-22; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7; Rev. 1:5-6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, receive my confession and plea for forgiveness.
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