Thoughtful Thursday by Travis Evans
January 10, 2008, 2:23 pm
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“There is a way by which any man, however sinful and unworthy, may draw near to God the Father. Jesus Christ has opened that way by the sacrifice he made for us upon the cross. The holiness and justice of God need not frighten sinners and keep them back. Only let them cry to God in the name of Jesus, only let them plead the atoning blood of Jesus, and they shall find God upon a throne of grace, willing and ready to hear. The name of Jesus is a never-failing passport for our prayers. In that name a man may draw near to God with boldness, and ask with confidence. God has engaged to hear him. Think of this. Is not this encouragement?”

A Call to Prayer, J.C. Ryle


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Interesting. Do you think this may be where the phrase “I plead the blood” comes from? I have always wondered where it originated.

Who can do anything but appreciate the way in which it is used by Ryle, but most of the time the phrase is used in some rather strange ways… almost like a little magical saying to use when you want God to do what you want him to do.

Comment by DJ Cimino

Hey DJ,

I think I hear the point that you are making. I do think that the reason that our culture often throws taglines like that into prayers is because we feel that God owes us His blessings. That somehow, we deserve Him answering our prayers favorably. Rather, the biblical perspective is one of pleading with God for mercy. A perspective that realizes and confesses that we are sinners, having EARNED God’s wrath, and yet we know that:
“…now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Rom. 3:21-26

So now we can pray to God with confidence, not based on who WE are or what WE have done, but based upon the perfect obedience and substitutionary death of Christ.

That IS encouragement to pray, thanks for posting that quote Squatty.

Comment by Caleb H.

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