November 25, 2020
261. Week of Tenth Sunday after Trinity - Monday
What should induce us to pray?
          Call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.   Psalms 50:15
          What should induce us to pray? What should encourage us poor, miserable sinners, but who, at the same time, are the children of God, to pray, yes, what should give us even a most earnest desire to do so? In the first place, God's command. God demands it of us. He says: "Call upon Me!" This is not a hard and harsh command, however, but a most kind and gracious one. And we should be glad that God thus commands us to pray, and we should say to Him: "When you said, Seek my face, my heart said to You, Your face, Lord, will I seek." (Ps. 27:8) Secondly, God's promise should induce us to pray. He says: "I will deliver you." And Jesus says: "Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you." (Matt. 7:7) Could He have given a kinder and more assuring promise? Ought we, therefore not to pray? St. James is right in saying: "You do not have because you do not ask." (James 4:2) Thirdly, our need should induce us to pray. "Call upon Me in the day of trouble," says God. Our need is so great and manifold. We are in greater need than we know or even faintly imagine. We are in need of divine help against the devil, the world, and our own flesh. Our body and soul are both in need. We are in need respecting both this present time and eternity. There can be no greater need than that in which we are every day. And we are entirely unable to help ourselves. Therefore God says: "Call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." Shouldn't that induce us to pray?
          PRAYER: - I thank and praise You, O gracious God, that You command me to call upon You in my need and helplessness. And You promise to deliver me. O God, do not let me stand afar off, neither in dread of You nor in self-reliance, but through Your Holy Spirit grant me grace to flee to You, seeking help alone with You, who are not only almighty, but are also my gracious Father through Jesus Christ, my Saviour. Amen.

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