Oh To Be Wise Meditations
It is not the self righteous who are righteous in God's eyes. The Scriptures tell us, There is no one righteous, not even one. Can any of us really say, "My thoughts are pure, and my sins are gone"? All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins. Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. In Christ Jesus we can do all things because he will strengthen us in our time of need. Even our earnest prayers begin to have great power and produce wonderful results. The righteousness we have in Christ allows us to come to God in prayer with a clear conscience and without condemnation. Boldly coming to the throne to find grace and peace. Elijah was not a holy man who was more righteous than anyone else, but a mere man who was as human as we are. But he had a righteousness that came from God through relationship with him. For this reason his prayer that it would not rain was powerful and effective. Self righteousness is not the key to our prayers being answered. Its our relationship with Christ as he stirs our hearts into earnest prayer. His Will begins to come out of our lips as we his righteousness shines through our lives. We are instruments of prayer submitted to work and skill of the LORD. Amazing what God can do through prayer with such broken vessels. He cleans us up and makes his dwelling of righteousness within us. The earnest prayers of a born again child of God availeth much.
Meditate Eccles. 7:20