Afraid to pray?

During the Civil War a beautiful, highly educated, and popular young woman fell into prostitution. Just before she died, at the age of 22, she wrote that she was dying alone, too wicked for a prayer.*

Don’t let sin keep you from prayer. Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him (Hebrews 7:25).

*adapted from John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Matthew 1-7, p.305-306.

 

Christ intervenes when we pray

Amintas, a Greek soldier, was on trial for treason. His brother Aeschylus, who had lost an arm in the service of his country, went to court, held up the stump of his arm and cried, “Amintas is guilty, but for Aeschylus’ sake he shall go free.”

When we pray, it is the presence of our intercessor before the throne, bearing in His body the evidence of His suffering and victory that speaks for us.*

*adapted from J.Oswald Sanders, The Incomparable Christ, p.347.