2023-03-01 “Generally We Pray Only as Well as We Live”(Psalm 66:17-20)

Generally We Pray Only as Well as We Live 我們的禱告就如我們的生活“(Psalm 詩篇 66:17-20)

I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!


Prayer at its best is the expression of the total life, for all things else being equal, our prayers are only as powerful as our lives. In the long pull, we pray only as well as we live! Most of us in moments of stress might have regretted that we had not cultivated prayer to the point where it would be as easy and as natural as breathing. As we go on into God we shall see excellency of the life of constant communion where all thoughts and acts are prayers, and the entire life becomes one holy sacrifice of prayer and worship! To pray effectively it is required of us that there are no parts of the mind or soul that are not inhabited by the Spirit, no impure desires allowed to live within us, no disparity between our prayers and our conduct. Undoubtedly the redemption in Christ Jesus has sufficient moral power to enable us to live in a state of purity and love, where our whole life will be a prayer! (A. W. Tozer)


Prayer: God of Trinity, our act could speak but do not take away the need for our mouth to speak. We need to offer ourselves as living sacrifices as well as our prayer and praise in worshipping you. In obedience we should not hold on to iniquity in our hearts. Thank you that when we cry out to you, you hear and answer giving us more reasons to praise you. Amen.


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