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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Andrew Murray Prayer Challenge

Andrew Murray offers a challenge this morning in his devotion.  Maybe you will join me in this?  I wonder what kind of people we would be and look like when God answers this kind of prayer!

God sets Himself against the proud,
but He shows favor to the humble.
James 4:6

There is an infallible touchstone that will teach you the spirit of prayer.  Pull away from the world and all activities.  Stop the former workings of your heart and mind.  With all your strength, spend all this month as continually as you can in one kind of prayer to God.  Offer it frequently on your knees but, whether sitting, standing, or walking, always be inwardly longing and earnestly praying this one prayer to God.  Pray that He would show you and take from your heart every form of pride.  Reject every thought except that of praying in this matter from the bottom of your heart.

The painful sense and feeling of what you are, kindled by the light o God within you, is the fire and light from which your spirit of prayer proceeds.  At first nothing is found or felt but pain and darkness.  But as this prayer of humility is met by the divine love, the mercy of God embraces it.  Then your prayer is changed into songs and thanksgiving.

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