We Desperately Need Him

I recently listened to a sermonĀ on pride, and he talked about how one of the ways to root out pride is to practice the spiritual disciplines, like prayer and Bible reading.

Bible reading and prayer can be something we feel obligated to do, or feel pride in doing. Or, we can, in the name of “no legalism”, decide it’s not all that important after all, and let it slide.

How important is it? For one thing, if we love God, we want to obey Him and know more about Him, and His Word is where we find that. But as the sermon was making me realize, there’s another reason why it is important to do regularly. It’s admitting that we can’t live without God. We need Him, and His wisdom spoken into our lives.

“At the end of your time with the Lord, close your Bible, and say this: “God, what I just did makes absolutely no contribution to my justification, but what I just did is a bold statement of my need and dependence on you.” -C.J. Mahaney

We’re not earning anything, but we are living out the truth that we’re lost without Him. We need His wisdom to get through the day!

I remember trying desperately to remember to read my Bible every day when I was younger. More often than not, I would leap out of bed after almost falling asleep and find a Psalm at random. I usually didn’t get much out of it. And the times when I did do it thirty days running I wouldn’t be so much encouraged by the word of God but rather relieved that I’d actually made it that far.

Ironically, now I don’t feel obligated to do it, but it’s the best thing ever! God makes His Word alive to me in amazing ways, and it is crazy-exciting. And on the days when I don’t feel like it, I have to realize that those are the days when I need Him more than ever! I have to always remember that I can’t do this life on my own–it’s way too hard, way too complicated. I can’t rely on my wisdom, because I don’t have any! I desperately need God and His beautiful grace, every single day.

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  1. Amen! I have and continue to struggle with both laziness and the legalism of this issue of spiritual disciplines. I feel much like Paul in his letter to the Romans 7, “For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body…the law of sin…” On the one hand, we cannot make ourselves belong to God or become more “attractive” to Him by following spiritual disciplines any more than we can “make” ourselves into Peter Pan by practicing flying. However, in practicing any of the disciplines (such as study or Sabbath rest) we are regularly reminded of who we are, Dearly Loved Children of God. And through them, our hearts and minds are shaped, drawing us into alignment with His will. Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!

  2. Thank you for these reminders. I love my time with the Lord and I forget to carve out time with Him some days.

  3. I am just finish to tell our 8 year old son “what we expect from him” in some areas of his life. Now I am sitting here and read this wonderful comment about the importance of reading Gods word. Thats what the Lord expects from us: that we spend time with him through prayers and reading His word. What am I as an example to my son of doing what is expected of me???? Thank you for this!!!!