Mercy in Our time of Failure
Is prayer a gift granted to some Christians, but not others?
Is prayer answered on the basis of our good performance, or God’s good grace?
Is prayer for those who have earned a hearing with God, or for those who know they will never earn anything from God, least of all answers to our prayers?
Is prayer something we need to ration and limit because God might run out of patience with our requests, or run out of resources to answer us?
Is prayer to be offered up hesitatingly and doubtfully, wondering if we will be heard, or confidently and with assurance in Christ’s name, knowing that He will answer?
Let Leith Samuel answer these questions in the word of his hymn:
Mercy in our time of failure,
grace to help in time of need:
this sure promise of our Saviour
is a word that we may plead.
He has passed into the heavens,
He is seated on the throne,
ever for us interceding,
always caring for His own.
There is none He will not welcome,
no request He cannot meet;
let us not be slow to ask Him,
lay our burdens at His feet.
We can never come too often,
never with a need too great,
never with a prayer too simple;
only fear to come too late!
Daily on our pilgrim journey
praise Him for His matchless grace,
live for His immortal glory
till in heaven we see His face.
c Mrs E Samuel