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Do You Pray?

March 8, 2010

To follow up on our awesome Real Life Prayer retreat a few weeks ago, I thought I would dedicate Mondays to the topic of prayer for the next few months. I am amazed at how many awesome articles there on the topic of prayer.

But articles aren’t like magic pills that create a meaningful relationship between you and God. No, there are no magic pills. Instead, there is an amazing gift that we are given. That gift is prayer.

J.C. Ryle wrote a powerful article on prayer. This stood out to me:

I do not deny that a man may pray without heart and without sincerity. I do not for a moment pretend to say that the mere fact of a person’s praying proves is everything about his soul. As in every other part of religion, so also in this, there may be deception and hypocrisy.

But this I do say, that not praying is a clear proof that a man is not yet a true Christian. He cannot really feel his sins. He cannot love God. He cannot feel himself a debtor to Christ. He cannot long after holiness. He cannot desire heaven. He has yet to be born again. He has yet to be made a new creature. He may boast confidently of election, grace, faith, hope, and knowledge, and deceive ignorant people. But you may rest assured it is all vain talk if he does not pray.

Read the rest here.

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