Stirred to Pray

One of the Classic Christian Authors  that can instantly stir the passions of my soul is Andrew Murray.  He spoke often of our relationship with God and our lives of prayer.  Read these words and let your prayer life be stirred:

 “The first and chief need of our Christian life is, Fellowship with God. The Divine life within us comes from God, and is entirely dependent upon Him. As I need every moment afresh the air to breathe, as the s sun every moment afresh sends down its light, so it is only in direct living communication with God that my soul can be strong.

The manna of one day was corrupt when the next day came. I must every day have fresh grace from heaven, and I obtain it only in direct waiting upon God Himself. Begin each day by tarrying before God, and letting Him touch you. Take time to meet God.

To this end, let your first act in your devotion be a setting yourself still before God. In prayer, or worship, everything depends upon God taking the chief place. I must bow quietly before Him in humble faith and adoration, speaking thus within my heart: “God is. God is near. God is love, longing to communicate Himself to me. God the Almighty One, Who worketh all in all, is even now waiting to work in me, and make Himself known.” Take time, till you know God is very near.

When you have given God His place of honor, glory, and power, take your place of deepest lowliness, and seek to be filled with the Spirit of humility. As a creature it is your blessedness to be nothing, that God may be all in you. As a sinner you are not worthy to look up to God; bow in self abasement. As a saint, let God’s love overwhelm you, and bow you still lower down. Sink down before Him in humility, meekness, patience, and surrender to His goodness and mercy. He will exalt you.” 

One thought on “Stirred to Pray

  1. When you asked, in yesterday’s sermon, “what book do you find yourself re-reading,” the one that came to my mind was, My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. Until now, I was not familiar with Andrew Murray; and so, I’d like to thank you for introducing me to his work. Of Particular interest was- “The manna of one day was corrupt when the next day came. I must every day have fresh grace from heaven, and I obtain it only in direct waiting upon God Himself.” I was also touched by: “As a creature it is your blessedness to be nothing, that God may be all in you.” … Blessed to be nothing of my own self – nothing of my own will and ‘wanting’ that the will and purpose of God has room to be formed within me. That’s wonderful. I’ll be looking for a copy of the book by Andrew Murray that you mentioned yesterday (my wife wrote down the title for me), and thanks again for sharing it. Have a blessed week!

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