April 30,2020

“Pleading God’s Attributes”

Psalm 103:1-8 AMP
[1] Bless and affectionately praise the LORD, O my soul, And all that is [deep] within me, bless His holy name. [2] Bless and affectionately praise the LORD, O my soul, And do not forget any of His benefits;
[3] Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your diseases; [4] Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you [lavishly] with lovingkindness and tender mercy; [5] Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the [soaring] eagle. [6] The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all the oppressed. [7] He made known His ways [of righteousness and justice] to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. [8] The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in compassion and lovingkindness.

•”Christians of times past felt that prayer found its greatest inspiration in the Lord himself, and they had a term called “pleading God’s attributes,” in which they would recount particular attributes of God’s character to him and then ask him to answer their prayer on the basis of those attributes: “Lord, you are merciful and gracious, so have mercy on me.” “Lord, you are full of unfailing love. Show us your love in this situation.” “Lord, you delivered your servant Daniel; I pray for your deliverance in my life.” “You revealed your character and deeds to Moses and your people. Likewise, please reveal yourself to me!” Since God’s attributes are numerous throughout Scripture, they provide a never-ending source of inspiration for our prayer life. Praying God’s attributes renews our faith and confidence and reminds us of his greatness and his ability to save. Choose one of the attributes of God from this psalm to “plead” as you pray today.”

•”LORD, you are _______ [merciful, gracious, full of unfailing love]. I ask you to reveal this in my life today. Thank you for revealing your wondrous attributes to us in your Word. As I read it, continually open my eyes to who you really are so that my prayers will rest on the solid foundation of your character. May my prayers have power because they are based on the truth about you.”

•”Rightly viewed, all the perfections of Deity become pleas for faith. Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892)”

(Praying Through the Bible Devotional)

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