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Gospel Centered Praying

It is sad to admit that many of us don’t pray because we view prayer as a work.  We don’t view prayer through the lenses of the gospel and thus we tend to view prayer as something we are guilty of not doing much so we avoid it lest we fall under conviction or we view prayer as a legal work through which we do our praying but we have no joy in prayer, no delight in prayer, and we pray just out of law and not out of grace.

Prayer should be viewed through the lenses of the gospel.  We are saved through Christ, accepted through Christ, declared righteous before God through Christ, the wrath of God is turned away because of Christ, and we are able to come before the Father through Christ.  Christ is also praying for us (Hebrews 7:25).  Our salvation, security, sanctification, acceptance, reconciliation, justification, etc. is all found in Jesus Christ.  The Lord Jesus is our life (Colossians 3:1-4).  Jesus, who He is and what He has done for us, is our salvation!

Prayer should flow from our reconciliation in Christ.  Hebrews 4:14-16 reads:

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Notice that the writer of Hebrews bases our prayer life in verse 16 because of the gospel in verses 14-15.  Because of Christ, we can pray.  Prayer is not an issue of legalism or acceptance.  Prayer is an honor because of the work of Christ.  We don’t get to pray because of our works but we have the honor of coming into the presence of God because of the work of Jesus Christ.  Just as Jesus is our salvation, so we can pray to the Father because of Jesus.

This should change our view of prayer.  Prayer is not a work we do to obtain righteousness.  We are righteous in Christ (Romans 10:4).  We are saved through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).  We are saved because of the work of Jesus.  Our eternal life is because of Jesus (Romans 6:23).  Prayer then is not a work we do to please God.  We please the Father only through faith in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).  Prayer flows from the fact of the gospel.  I am able to come before the Lord at any time and any where because of the work of Christ.  Prayer is not about checking off that I prayed today.  Prayer flows from a thankful heart for what Jesus has done for my salvation.

I hope that helps you pray.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/26/2013 at 10:00 AM

Posted in Gospel Centered, Prayer

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