by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (selected by Frank Cumbers)
He is waiting to bless
We must come [to prayer] with the simple confidence of a child. We need a child-like faith. We need this assurance that God is truly our Father, and therefore we must rigidly exclude any idea that we must go on repeating our petitions because it is our repetition that is going to produce the blessing.
God likes us to show our keenness, our anxiety, and our desire over a thing. He tells us to "hunger and thirst after righteousness" and to seek it; He tells us to "pray and not to faint"; we are told to "pray without ceasing." Yes, but that does not mean mechanical repetitions; it does not mean believing that we shall be heard for our "much speaking." ... It means that when I pray I know that God is my Father, and that He delights to bless me, and that He is much more ready to give than I am to receive, and that He is always concerned about my welfare.... I must see God as my Father who has purchased my ultimate good in Christ and is waiting to bless me with His own fullness in Christ Jesus.
So ... in confidence we make our requests known to God, knowing He knows all about it before we begin to speak.... But we must not come with doubtful minds; we must know that God is much more ready to give than we are to receive.... O the blessings that are stored at the right hand of God for God's children. Shame on us for being paupers when we were meant to be princes; shame on us for so often harboring unworthy, wrong thoughts of God in this matter.
It is all due to fear and because we lack this simplicity, this faith, this confidence, this knowledge of God as our Father. If we but have that, the blessings of God will begin to fall upon us and may be so overwhelming that with D. L. Moody we shall feel that they are almost more than our physical frames can bear and cry out with him, saying, "Stop, God!" God is able to do for us exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think. Let us believe that and then go to Him in simple confidence.
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, ii, pp. 31-2
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