From Under the Cover of the Blood of Christ

Friday is for Heart Songs

If a man does not pray:

“I do not deny that a man may pray without heart and without sincerity. I do not for a moment pretend to say that the mere fact of a person’s praying proves everything about his soul. As in every other part of religion, so also in this, there may be deception and hypocrisy.

But this I do say, that not praying is a clear proof that a man is not yet a true Christian. He cannot really feel his sins. He cannot love God. He cannot feel himself a debtor to Christ. He cannot long after holiness. He cannot desire heaven. He has yet to be born again. He has yet to be made  a new creature. He may boast confidently of election, grace, faith, hope, and knowledge, and deceive ignorant people. But you may rest assured it is all vain talk if he does not pray.” (J.C. Ryle, A Call to Prayer, 3-4)

“Lord Jesus, enliven my heart and the heart of all church planters to prayer. Make us miserable without conversation with You. Give us listening ears, eager hearts, and responsive spirits to Your will. From under the cover of your blood, I ask this. Amen.


One thought on “From Under the Cover of the Blood of Christ

  1. Here’s more soul-convicting, soul-challenging, soul-nourishing stuff from Ryle:

    “I believe that thousands never utter a word of prayer at all. they eat. They drink. They sleep. They rise. They go forth to their labor. They return to their homes. They breathe God’s air. They see God’s sun. They walk on God’s earth. They enjoy God’s mercies. They have dying bodies. They have judgment and eternity before them. But they never speak to God. They live like the beasts that perish. They behave like creatures without souls.”

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