I want to illustrate this by using a passage in the book of Revelation. You go into your prayer room and shut the door and prepare to worship God. Your physical posture doesn't really matter; you could be standing, lying, sitting, or kneeling; it's not the outward position, but the inward attitude which matters. Now, you have a portion of scripture prepared to read. You read it silently or out loud, asking for the Spirit to direct you and reveal things to you. You open up with confession of your known sins, and now you're filled with the Holy Spirit. You already want to enter into adoration; that's why you're in the room; you've come into the prayer room not because of guilt or duty, but rather because you want to! So you begin to read this passage: REV 1:10-13“I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, saying, ‘Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.’ And I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His breast with a golden girdle.’”
Now, think of it, it's the Son of Man who is set before me, spiritually speaking. He is the object of my worship.
I think of Him, the glory of His person, the majesty of His office. He is clothed with a robe reaching to His feet which is a sign of official dignity. You reflect on His dignity and majesty! The golden girdle represents His strong or everlasting affection. You think of that and His affection toward you.
REV 1:14“And His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and his eyes were like a flame of fire.” The white wool like snow represents His perfect holiness, so you think about that! What consuming knowledge He has; you recall HEB 4:13“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” So you think of that!
REV 1:15“and His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.” This righteous judgment and absolute authority causes you to have respect and awe. REV 1:16“And in His right hand He held seven stars; and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.” What sovereign administration, what control of His own church. What glory, here is the Son of man, the Son of God. Once crucified, now alive forever and ever. REV 1:17-18, “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as a dead man. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.’” Think of it, our Eternal Savior, He holds the keys of death and Hades, the One who conquered death eternally for our sakes! Is it any wonder why REV 4:11 says, “Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of thy will they existed, and were created.” Images like that make you feel humbled in the presence of One so mighty. The point is that you just used a simple portion of scripture you’re familiar with to pray. Put the method to the test and you'll find that it does improve your prayer life.
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