Peter Cockrell made my day. He posted a GREAT post on prayer and legalism. Man this hits close to home. This post is the very essence on why I even named this blog what I did.
I have a chronic problem of dabbling my works with the righteousness purchased for me on Christs’ cross and prayer and bible study rank up there in the top two thorns in my flesh I wish I could tear out violently.
Here’s an excerpt:
“If my assessment has been accurate, it follows that many of our problems with prayer stem from a failure to understand the relationship of our praying to the ministry of Jesus, including his praying. A wrong perspective on prayer may well come from thinking of it as playing a part in establishing our acceptance with God. Prayer that is not the grateful response of the justified sinner is likely to degenerate into an attempt to gain acceptance. Then again, if the sole motive to pray is, as I have heard it put in sermons, ‘Jesus got up early to pray, so how much more do we need to get up early to pray’, it is missing the grace of God in the gospel. ‘He did it, therefore we ought to’ is not the perspective of the gospel unless it is linked with, ‘He did it for us because we are unable to do it as we ought.’
Pfft…BINGO! Welcome to my heart!!! Black, wretched thing that it is…but thanks be to God.