There's a line in a song that goes, "who am I to make demands of the God of Abraham"
That line gets me every time.
Who am I to be able to come before the feet of Jesus?
Why would the God of the universe allow me, a wretched sinner, to continually come before him, time and time again after I fail, and yet still forgive me and give me abundant grace and mercy?
What have I done to have the right to bring Him my requests?
What have I done that He should listen to my cries for help after I turned my back on Him?
What have I done to deserve abundant grace and mercy and love?
Who am I to make demands?
I am so incredibly undeserving of any of it.
In fact, the only thing I do deserve for who I am, for my sins... is death.
Think about that. What we deserve is death. Eternal death.
But instead of death God sent His one and only son to DIE IN MY PLACE.
Jesus Christ, the One without sin, God in flesh...bore my punishment upon the cross.
And what did I do to deserve it? Nothing.
What do I continue to do even after I know He has done this for me? Fail, sin...fall away.
Each time we lay our requests before God, whether it be asking for forgiveness or seeking a request, maybe for a job-for health...whatever it may be... what are we thinking about?
Are we thinking about how God should give us this or that or how we want this, need this...demand this?
Or are we remembering what a privilege it is to come before Him?
Because that's what it is. Us, in ourselves...we are nothing. Worthless, sinners, dirty, wretched...but in Christ...we have been made NEW! Our sin washed away! No longer worthless.
We deserve death, but instead we have received the hope of eternal life and the ability to come before the Lord in prayer. Um... wow.
So next time you pray...thank about that. Think about how undeserving we are to be able lay our requests before the Lord.
"My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever." -Psalm 145:21