Grace Begets Grace

“A thankful heart is constantly extending grace because it has received grace. Love and grace are uneven. God poured on his own Son the criticism I deserve. Now he invites me to pour out undeserving grace on someone who has hurt me. Grace begets grace.”

– Paul Miller, A Praying Life, p.152

He is the Savior of My Prayers

“The name of Jesus gives my prayers royal access. They get through. Jesus isn’t just the Savior of my soul. He’s also the Savior of my prayers. My prayers come before the throne of God as the prayers of Jesus. ‘Asking in Jesus’ name’ isn’t another thing I have to get right so my prayers are perfect. It is one more gift of God because my prayers are so imperfect.”

– Paul Miller, A Praying Life, p.135

He Loves to Give

“All of Jesus’ teaching on prayer in the Gospels can be summarized with on word:  ask. His greatest concern is that our failure or reluctance to ask keeps us distant from God. But that is not the only reason he tells us to ask anything. God wants to give us good gifts. He loves to give.”

– Paul Miller, A Praying Life, p.134 (italics in original)

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