Such words fill us with hope – and they call us to prayer. They do not fill us with a superficial optimism. They stir us to receive more of the Lord’s help, and to know more of His keeping power.
When we come to God in prayer, we come with questions: Will the Lord hear our prayer? Will He not dismiss us as guilty sinners who have no right to come to Him, no right to ask for His blessing?
- The Scriptures speak with unmistakable realism, about our sin: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6).
They also speak, with tremendous encouragement, about God’s salvation: “And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (
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