Sometimes we hesitate to confess and repent because we don’t want to burden God with our sin. It’s helpful to remember that Christ already bore our sins in his body (1 Peter 2:24).
And that there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:10).
The church cancelled the prayer meeting due to lack of interest.
But one man gathered the missionary prayer letters and lists of those who were sick, and last Wednesday night, at the normal prayer meeting hour, he sat in his living room and prayed.
What will the Lord do because of his prayers?
What would the Lord do if others joined him?
Alone we accomplish nothing. Apart from Christ you can do nothing (John 15:5).
With God we accomplish much. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
Prayer is working with God through Christ.
God’s plan is the most wise, pure, loving plan that can be thought of, and more. It takes in the whole sweep of our lives, and every detail of them.*
Knowing that God has a plan inspires me to pray.
*S.D. Gordon, Quiet Talks on Prayer, p. 44.