Dependent Prayer – A Devotion by Laura

“The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.”
(Psalm 34:15).

For many years, I have been amazed by prayer. How about you? Has the mystery of prayer ever sent you searching to God’s Word? It is a mystery to me that God is sovereign over all, yet He tells me to call on Him in prayer, to pour out my heart to Him. Prayer is communication with our Father! It begins with His prompting by the sweet Holy Spirit. We cry out to Him and He hears. He responds to our requests and gives loving guidance as we pray for others. It’s as if prayer is the conduit between heaven and earth and we are the vessels He uses for this connection. Prayer is most surely a dialogue. I have pondered two extremes concerning prayer. One extreme is, ”I’m going to pray and it all depends on me. If I don’t pray then nothing will happen.” This is fearful praying, many times with selfish motives and in reality, filled with pride. The other extreme I have pondered is, ”God, I believe You are sovereign and You know my heart so there’s no need to pray… have Your will! It all depends on You.” This is ignoring the command to pray, mentioned many times in scripture and seems indifferent. Extremes are dangerous.

God has done His decisive work…yes, He is sovereign; yes, He will accomplish His will; yes, He will receive glory and yes, He is in the heavens and does as He pleases (Psalm 115:3). But I have dependent work to do…I trust Him, love Him, surrender to Him, walk by faith and not by sight, totally depend on Him. One of these dependent works is prayer. Apart from Christ, I cannot pray! His blood shed on the cross gives me entrance to the throne of grace as the writer of Hebrews says, “that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). I am dependent on Christ in prayer.

The Old Testament priest spoke to God on behalf of the people while the Old Testament prophet spoke to the people on behalf of God. This dialogue describes prayer! The people were dependent on the priests and prophets to engage in this dialogue. Today, Jesus is the Great High Priest and God’s Prophet all in one and we depend on Him as we pray.

Have you been thinking that prayer depends on you? It only depends on Jesus!! Take time to pray today in whatever posture you choose, remembering that the most important posture is that of your heart; your dependent heart!

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