Prayer. Do it. Part 2 (1 Peter 3:12)

"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer." - 1 Peter 3:12

There were suggestions flowing in like crazy from my last post and I appreciate it. I did a search for prayer on my blog and was impressed how much I have addressed the topic. One thing I found useful for a time was a schedule for payer, I addressed it almost a year ago today see my post - Contemplating Death Further.

But God's ears are open to their prayer. The righteous. I'm just thinking today about how I will often begin my prayer for others with "Lord, make me clean, forgive me of my sins and make me a righteous man so that you will hear this prayer and give heed." I have this fear that because of something in my life my prayer will be less powerful than if prayed by a truly righteous man (I know Jesus is the only way any of us are righteous), and so I pray to be seen as righteous before continuing my prayer.

This is one of the reasons I secretly long for the prayer of children. I think they have a particular gift for righteousness, and so I seek their prayers for while they may be simple, the Lord's ears will be open.

But in this, don't fail to see the gospel. We have no hope of righteousness and then to have our prayers heard and answered - not by our own strength that is. It's only because of what Christ did for us on the cross that we have any hope of righteousness, and then heard/answered prayers.

Carving out time for repentance is significant to our prayer life and why many people suggest starting there before personal petition.