“Prayer is a conversation of the heart with God.”
-James P. Gills, in The Prayerful Spirit
“Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, unuttered or expressed,
…The motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast.”**
“No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
-Jesus Christ, in John 14:6
“Without me you can do nothing.”
-Jesus, in John 15:5
To draw closer to God in this din-filled world, we need help. We need… Himself, the Helper.
Precious paradox of prayer: that even when our hearts are distracted and disturbed, our ADD minds hopping all over the world and space, we have the means to approach God.
~The rent body of Christ rent the veil in God’s High Holy of Holies, opening access for us to enter (Heb 10:19-20).
~He, our High Priest has gone on in ahead of us, leading the way to where He lives on, continually interceding for us and with us (Heb 10:21;7:25; Rom 8:26,27,34).
~He sent His own Holy Spirit, the Helper, Who comes alongside us and walks us into His presence, and speaks of Him and points us toward His radiant face (John 15:26;16:7).
~And we might almost venture to say the two or three that are gathered may be solely our individual selves along with God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Mt 18:20).
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Nor can unredeemed fallen flesh enter the presence of the Most High (1 Cr 15:50; Mt.16:16-17).We cannot pray as we should. We know not how. But the Spirit helps us in our weakness with utterings that cannot be expressed by human contrivance (Rom 8:26).
So what do we most need, to draw closer to God?
The help of His own Self!
And how do we obtain that?
Ask. Simply ask (Lk 11:9-13).
Call. “Call upon God” needs must be my first most important step of prayer.
This need not take long, nor many words. One of my most fervent prayers was but three short words, “God, help us!” And even that reflexive cry contained that initial step of “Call!”
So, the C in my “One Word” C-L–O-S-E-R, stands for Call: on Him, to Him, with or without words. In the uncomplicated humility of knowing my own need and inadequacy to say right words, even know my own heart well enough to express it honestly without the help of Him who is the Truth and Who knows us better than we know ouselves.
Call on Him. Just call.
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