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What does this example teach us about prayer in the following scriptural reference?

    Unto Thee lift I up mine eyes, a Thou that dwellest in the heavens.

    Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that He have mercy upon us.

    - Psalm 123:1-2


2. Praying reverently

  • Talking to a fellow creature rather than to the majestic Creator - the King of kings, and Lord of lords - If we speak with great respect to an earthly king, with how much greater reverence should we address God, the King of kings and the Lord of lords! If the holy angels cover their faces in God's presence, how much more should sinful man reflect deep reverence before Him!
  • Viewing God as transcendent but not imminent - Through Jesus Christ, the holy, majestic, transcendent God will draw close to sinners, even to dwell in their hearts. This makes Him very approachable with all our needs.

    • The Lord's Prayer begins with the address, "Our Father which art in heaven." Which part of this two-fold title emphasizes God's nearness? Which part proclaims His transcendence?

      What opposite problems are produced when we only emphasize "Our Father" or only "Which art in heaven" when viewing God and attempting to speak with Him in prayer?

    What difference will be observed in a person's use of God's means of grace if he prays expectantly or unexpectantly?


     

    And he said, Nay; but as Captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto Him, What saith my Lord unto His servant?

    - Joshua 5:14

    I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee.

    Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

    - Job 42:5-6

    Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

    - Ecclesiastes 5:2

     

  • Transcendent - Far above or beyond; excelling; far superior
  • Imminent - Close; near
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