Prayer – Gracious Fellowship With A Covenant God

Prayer is not a law duty to an absolute God, but gracious fellowship with a covenant God — not practiced that He may love us, but because He loves us; not to make us His children, but because we are His children. It should be performed always in this faith. If there be infirmities in it, such as wandering, coldness, or the like, we are to remember that we are not heard for the beauty of our prayers, nor answered for the fervency of them. That which makes our persons accepted obtains acceptance for our services also. We and all we do are only accepted in the Beloved. “For through HIM [Jesus Christ] we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father” (Ephesians 2:18). Our access is through Jesus Christ. Trusting to His finished salvation we enter into the presence of the Father, and guided by the Holy Spirit we pray in faith. Whatever we ask in the Son’s name, we know that we have the petitions which He desired of Him. This spiritualizes prayer, and puts glory upon it, because there is heavenly fellowship with God in it, with the Father through the Son, by the one Spirit.

William Romaine

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