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July 15, 2009 / beidson

Praying Like A Jewish Prophet

Here’s a short excerpt from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotionsjohnthebaptist (“Act of Approach”, p. 262),

While I confess my guilt, help me to feel it deeply, with self-abhorrence and self-despair, yet to remember there is hope in thee, and to see the Lamb that takes away sin.

I ran across this earlier this morning during my time of prayer, and understood better the words of John the Baptist: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).  Surely John must have included himself in this prophetic declaration, as he marveled that one who looked so much like him, who was even his own blood relative, was also the One sent by God to redeem his sinful life from hell.  There he was, the Man who loved sinful men, the Lamb who loved wolves.

In our counseling with sinners, and in our own private prayer, we must speak and pray  like a Jewish Prophet: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

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