Your Prayer Is A Beggar

Beggar

I’ve talked a lot about how my prayers often feel weak and powerless. I found this quote by Paul Miller from A Praying Life to be very encouraging:

Imagine that your prayer is a poorly dressed beggar reeking of alcohol and body odor, stumbling toward the palace of the great king. You have become your prayer. As you shuffle toward the barred gate, the guards stiffen. Your smell has preceded you. You stammer out a message for the great king: “I want to see the king.” Your words are barely intelligible, but you whisper one final word, “Jesus. I come in the name of Jesus.”

At the name of Jesus, as if by magic, the palace comes alive. The guards snap to attention, bowing low in front of you. Lights come on, and the door flies open. You are ushered into the palace and down a long hallway in to the throne room of the great king, who comes running to you and wraps you in his arms.

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.

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  • Wendy

    WOW!! that is an amazing and encouraging image. It will definitely make me think differently as I pray in the future.

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Stephen Altrogge

      Wendy – Yeah that image really encouraged me a lot. It freshly motivated me to pray.

  • Elaine

    What a great pride slayer!

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Stephen Altrogge

      Elaine – Yes, my prayers certainly are a great reason to be humble!

  • http://www.westbreedlove.com west breedlove

    hey stephen,
    thank you so much for this quote! it resonates deeply…

    i started reading yesterday O. Hallesby’s book “Prayer”, and found it really helpful too.

    was blessed by your leadership at WG09…

    blessings!

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Stephen Altrogge

      Hey WestBreed! Thanks for your encouragement. We’re you in the young worship leaders panel at WG09?

  • http://www.westbreedlove.com west breedlove

    No…I’m, uh, not young enough any more. :) Peace bro! Looking forward to reading your book on your dad. Sweet move man.

  • http://www.skinmoisturizers.info Ewan Matthews

    body odor is nasty that is why i always take a bath twice a day.’;~