“The more mature a believer is, the more likely he is to open his mouth in any expression of worship and come out, first of all, with a confession of his own unworthiness.” ~ John MacArthur

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Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy…

 

I don’t know how prayer has been modeled to you throughout your life.

You may have grown up reciting simple patterned prayers like, “Now I lay me down to sleep,” or maybe your background is more liturgical in nature. Some of you had parents who modeled heartfelt prayer in your home since before you could talk, and some of you were exposed to this spiritual discipline much, much later in life.

I’ve heard a lot of prayers offered up to God in my 42 years, but there is no prayer more precious than the honest prayer of the sinner who humbly confesses his great need to be washed clean.

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight…” Psalm 51:1-4

As long as we’re on this Earth, oh how our sin is ever before us.

It’s tempting to model our prayers after the world we’re immersed in – where it’s more comfortable to offer beauty and success than it is to come clean with our messes buried in dark and hidden places. We’ve trained ourselves to put on our Sunday best and to publish the most favored and filtered pieces of our lives. We show up, smile through the pain, and greet other believers with pleasantries and the habitual “Doing great,” when in reality there’s all kinds of evil and unrest lurking inside of us.

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. ‘Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.'” Psalm 51:7-13

But {Growing Through Prayer} means more than uttering the proper “please and thank yous.” It goes deeper than the rehearsed, rhyming, feel-good words read from a page. It means that the more we know, experience, and open our mouths to communicate with a holy God, the more we are aware of just how unworthy we are.

So come, sinners. Come one and all.

No need to put on the brave face any longer. He already knows your heart.

No need to pretend that you can tackle this thing on your own. Run to the only One who can.

Recognize the weight of your sin and humbly confess your great need to be washed clean. He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us.

Pray and worship the One who has washed you whiter than snow… and then tell the world that there is nothing that Jesus can’t redeem.

Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all.

{Come Ye Sinners – Joseph Hart, 1759}

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” ~ Psalm 51:17

If you wait until you’re better, you’ll never come at all…

At His feet,

*Let’s Talk: As we conclude this study, share ONE WAY God’s Word has helped you grow through prayer…

Love God Greatly

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