Bought by the Blood

July 28, 2007

Habakkuk

Filed under: Habakkuk,Prayer — cubsfan1980 @ 9:42 pm

O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid;
O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years!
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2)

 

The best way to learn to pray is to read the prayers found in Scripture. Scripture teaches us two things about prayer. First, Scripture teaches us about God’s character. If prayer is a conversation with God, it is important like with any other conversation to know what the person you are talking to is like. Scripture reveals to us who God is, how to approach Him and what to expect from Him. Second, we learn from Scripture the type of prayers that glorify God. An example of this is Habakkuk’s prayer.

 

The book of Habbakuk can be subtitled, “Trusting God: When the Rubber Meets the Road.” Habakkuk is a book filled with prayer as Habakkuk seeks God in a time when evil and injustice rampant. Habakkuk’s attitude in praying is knowing that God is great and He is unworthy. He knows God and all proper knowledge of God leads to a fear of Him. Let us know confuse fear with being afraid, but understand it as “that indefinable mixture of reverence and pleasure, joy and awe which fills our hearts when we realize who God is and what He has done for us (Sinclair Fergueson).” Because of our sin, we cannot stand in His presence, but He has provided forgiveness of sins so that He may be feared.

 

One of the common misconception about prayer is that there is a breakthrough prayer that can be prayed that will move God to act. It is a grave error to believe that God is our genie in the bottle that will grant us our every wish if we only ask. Prayer is never about what we pray, but always about who we pray to. The breakthrough is not in prayer, but the one who hears and answers. The only prescription in praying is remembering our state, sinners that deserve mercy and that God has already shown us mercy in the cross and He delights to show His children ever more mercy for the sake of His glorious name.

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