This morning I was doing research on my sermon, which has to do with prayer. I read this from J.C. Ryle's commentary on Luke 16:
Our words may be feeble and ill chosen, and our language broken and ungrammatical, and unworthy to e written down. But if the heart e right, it matters not. He that sits in heaven can spell out the meaning of every petition sent up in the name of Jesus, and can make the asker know and feel that he receives.
These words of Ryle remind me of when a toddler tries to communicate. When they are less than a year and starting to babble, their words cannot always be deciphered. But parents and siblings are able to understand what they are saying.
One of my children would sometimes ask for a "wabberbobble." To anyone else the word was just gibberish and completely indecipherable. But everyone in the family knew she wanted a drink from her "water bottle."
In the same way, when we offer up our prayers, they can sometimes be full of pain and without a semblance of proper form. Sometimes prayer can be a little scatterbrained and be as disheveled as our poor hearts are. In the words of Ryle, they can be ill chosen and brought forth with broken language.
Nevertheless, being offered to the Father through Christ, every word is understood with perfect clarity. Our Lord hears and understands the cries of his people. He acts to answer the one who sets his poor petition before Him.
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