Pray with bold humility
Today's devotion is based on Genesis 18:26-28, "The LORD said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake." Then Abraham spoke up again: "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?"
How do you pray? Hands folded and eyes closed, or arms extended with your palms toward heaven? Silently in your mind or out loud? God is less interested in the physical aspect of prayer than he is in the attitude with which we pray. Abraham gives us an example to follow when it comes to the attitude we are to have when praying.
Abraham was humble. He knew he was nothing but "dust and ashes," and he had no right to expect the Lord to hear his prayer. Yet he asked anyway because he knew that God is gracious and compassionate.
Abraham's prayer is an example for us as we pray. We approach God with proper humility, fully understanding that as sinners, we have no right to be heard by a holy God. We certainly have no right to expect him to answer us and grant what we have asked.
But we can also pray with boldness. We know the love of our God. He sent his Son to die for us. Because of that sacrifice, we have been given the privilege of approaching God with every request.
Please pray with me, Heavenly Father; Based on my merit, I know I have no right to approach you in prayer. I can pray to you only because Jesus has washed me clean of all sin. Help me to be bold when I pray, trusting that you always hear and answer in a way that is always best for me. In Jesus' name I ask it. Amen.