Dr. R. A. Torrey shares with us in the booklet, what Prayer can do, "The day came when I realized what real prayer meant, realized that prayer was having an audience with God, actually coming into the presence of God, and asking and getting things from HimAnd the realization of that fact transformed my prayer life.
Before that prayer had been a mere duty, and sometimes a very irksome duty, but from that time on prayer has been not merely a duty, but a privilege, one of the most highly esteemed privileges of life.
Before that the thought that I had was, 'How much time must I spend in prayer?'
The thought that now possesses me is, 'How much time may I spend in prayer without neglecting the other privileges and duties of life?
But at this point a question arises. How can we come into the presence of God, and how can we be sure that we have come into the presence of God, and that we are really talking to Him?
You will find the the first part of the answer in the epistle to the Hebrews, chapter ten, verse nineteen, "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus."
The best man or woman on earth cannot come into the presence of God on the ground of any merit of his own, not for one moment; nor get anything from God on the ground of his own goodness, not even the smallest blessing.But on the ground of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the vilest sinner who ever walked this earth, who has turned from his sin and accepted Jesus Christ, and trusts in the shed blood as the ground of his acceptance before God, can come into the presence of God any day of the year, and any hour of the day or night, and with perfect boldness speak out every longing of his heart, and get what he asks from God.
Isn't that wonderful? Yes, and thank God, it is true.
The second part of the answer to this question is found in Ephesians 2:18 "For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father."Have you ever had this experience, that when you knelt to pray it seemed as if there were no one there, as if you were just talking into the air, or into empty space?
What shall we do at such a time as that? Shall we stop praying and wait until some time when we feel like praying?
No, when we least feel like praying, and when God is least real to us, that is the time we most need to pray."
#3 An Audience With the King, in the series by what Prayer can do, by Dr. R. A. Torrey. Published by REVIVAL MOVEMENT ASSOCIATION, of Northern Ireland. www.revivalmovement.org
The next post of Dr. R. A. Torrey will be on 4/16 - #4 Intensely Earnest
Scripture for today: Ps. 100:4,5 "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praises. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth to all generations."
Biblical Virtues to pray for your kids: #18 Perseverance. "Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them" Heb. 12:1.
Today’s quote: Toni C. - “I am forever grateful that God's love for me is not dependent on my performance. While my only consistency may be in acknowledging my inconsistency, God is the same yesterday, today and forever...His love is faithful and unending not because of who I am or who I aspire to be but because of who HE is.
Our thought for today: God knows exactly how to meet you in your situation and need. He is the Faithful One. He is bigger than your problems.
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