Too often I rush in and out of prayer. I come with a cold heart interested in performance more than humility. I rashly and presumptuously rattle off my needs as I’m flying out the door for the day. Of course, it is good to pray as I’m driving or washing dishes, and yes, there are days when my heart is heavy or preoccupied and I’m not all “there.” Still God sees me in grace and love. And the wonderful news is that He wants to hear from us and be in relationship with us.
But Susanna Wesley’s words (above) remind me that it is the King of the Universe to whom I bring my petitions. Were I to see Him as He is, my self-centeredness would fall away. My petty preoccupations would feel as insignificant as they truly are. And I would fall on my face before Him.
Susanna asked for a right view of our Father in Heaven so she might be saved from what we are all so easily prone to do—bluster in before Him impetuously and arrogantly.
Consider Susanna’s prayer for yourself. May a heart alignment save us from ourselves as we come before the King of kings in prayer.
*Taken from The Prayers of Susanna Wesley by W.L. Doughty Copyright 1984 by Zondervan. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com, 25.