Sunday, February 16, 2020

Ryle: inarticulate groans

Sunday, February 16, 2020
    See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. Each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The mind of the rash will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
    —Isaiah 32:1-4 (NIV)
    Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you. Just as a mother understands the first lispings of her infant, so does the blessed Saviour understand sinners. He can read a sigh, and see a meaning in a groan.
    ... J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), A Call to Prayer, published in the 1850’s as a pamphlet, American Tract Society, 1867, sec. VII (see the book)
    See also Isa. 32:1-4; Rom. 8:26; 15:1; 2 Cor. 12:5-10; Heb. 4:15; 5:2; Jas. 4:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, receive my prayer, though it be poorly expressed.
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