A beauty from Ocatvius Winslow:

Believing prayer is prevailing, successful prayer. It assails the kingdom of heaven with holy violence, and carries it as by storm. It believes that God has both the heart and the arm; both the love that moves Him, and the power that enables Him; to do all and to grant all that His pleading child requests of Him.

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3 thoughts on “Believing Prayer”

  1. Wesley says:

    I think the important nuance to be kept with such prayers is keeping the scope of our sight in proper accordance with God’s. Isaiah writes of God, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV) By all means, come boldly asking in to the very throne room of God as an adopted child with all the benefits and privileges of a son … but remember never to presume to tell your Father in heaven what His will is.

    1. Jared C. Wilson says:

      Wesley, yes. In the same piece that quote is from, Winslow writes:

      Believing prayer is humble. How low in the dust the truly importunate suppliant lies before God! There is nothing of bold ruffianism, of unholy freedom, in the cases of earnest prayer which we have cited. There is no irreverence of manner, nor brashness of speech, nor rushing into God’s holy presence as if He were an equal. But rather that awful consciousness of the Divine presence, that profound spirit of self-abasement which seems to say, “How dreadful is this place!” “Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.” Oh, how lowly is the heart from where arises the incense of believing prayer! . . . “Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few.” . . . It presumes neither to dictate to God, nor to counsel Him.

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