THE DISCIPLINE OF PRAYER Today’s Scripture: Psalm…

THE DISCIPLINE OF PRAYER

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 119:25
“Give me life according to your word!”

How can we grow in a conscious sense of dependence on Christ? Through the discipline of prayer. Prayer is the tangible expression of our dependence. We may think we’re dependent on Christ, but if our prayer life is meager or perfunctory, we thereby deny it. We’re in effect saying we can handle our spiritual life through self-discipline and our innate goodness. Or perhaps we’re not even committed to the pursuit of holiness.

The writer of Psalm 119 teaches us about the discipline of prayer in pursuing holiness. We usually think of it as the Psalm about the Word of God, but more accurately it’s an expression of the psalmist’s ardent desire and commitment in pursuing holiness. Twenty-two times the psalmist pleaded for God’s help in obeying his law, as in these words of prayer: “Teach me, o Lord, the way of your statutes. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of your commandments. Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!” (Psalm 119:33-36).

But notice also the psalmist’s exercise of spiritual discipline with regard to God’s Word: “I have stored up your word in my heart. With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word” (119:11,13,15-16).

Here was both a man of discipline and a man of prayer. His discipline did not cause him to neglect prayer for God to work nor did his prayer cause him to neglect his own work. He practiced discipline and dependence.

Source: Your Holiness Day by Day | A Devotional by Jerry Bridges



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