August 29, 2019 Clyde Ritchey Grimes

Prayer at our wit's end

Here is the second installment on prayer from Oswald Chambers:


“Ask and ye shall receive.” We grouse before God, we are apologetic or apathetic, but we ask very few things. Yet what a splendid audacity a childlike child has! Our Lord says—“Except ye become as little children.” Ask, and God will do. Give Jesus Christ a chance, give Him elbow room, and no man will ever do this unless he is at his wits’ end. When a man is at his wits’ end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get into touch with Reality. Be yourself before God and present your problems, the things you know you have come to your wits’ end over. As long as you are self-sufficient, you do not need to ask God for anything.

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


Lord, set us free from the illusion of self-sufficiency. Deliver us from the fear of living "at our wit's end." Enable us to come to you as trusting children who know that all we need is found in you and that you are more than ready to supply us with what we need than we are ready to ask. Amen.