August 28, 2019 Clyde Ritchey Grimes

Prayer as a means of nourishment

Oswald Chambers teaching on prayer from his devotional My Utmost of His Highest (August 28) is quite profound. I plan to give you a portion of it over the next three days to chew on. Here's installment #1:

It is not part of the life of a natural man to pray. We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life if he does not pray; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished, not by food, but by prayer. When a man is born from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he can either starve that life or nourish it. Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.

 Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).

Lord, nourish our spirits with your presence. Amen.