Trying to Fix Ourselves to Pray

“We know we don’t need to clean up our act in order to become a Christian, but when it comes to praying, we forget that. We, like adults, try to fix ourselves up. In contrast, Jesus wants us to come to him like little children, just as we are. The difficulty of coming just as we are is that we are messy. And prayer makes it worse. When we slow down to pray, we are immediately confronted with how unspiritual we are with how difficult it is to concentrate on God. We don’t know how bad we are until we try to do good. Nothing exposes our selfishness and spiritual powerlessness like prayer.”

– Paul Miller, A Praying Life, p.30-31

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