“My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.” Psalms 51:17 ->me: Today I had another opportunity to spend 2 hours (6am -8am) with a group of 12 other men from church spurring each other on and diving deep into the scripture and theology of our faith. Today we reviewed our thoughts on the book “A Call to Prayer” by JC Ryle; yes, the same book I have sent several other QT writeups on. This verse encapsulates the heart of a man of true prayer…not the prayer of being well spoken, or the prayer of a quick “Thank you for this food, Amen”; no, this is prayer that comes from a reverent position and one of awe and worship. This verse is a great reassurance that the Lord delights in the humbleness of His subjects and desires to listen to such a respectful mindset. I need to pause for a moment and remember this verse before I start to pray, to get me heart right before the God of the universe. To cap this off I was able to spend a wonderful time with my brother at lunch dwelling more on the faith of answered prayer when we come in the spirit of this verse. I sincerely believe that prayer is necessary for gaining sanctification and the waning of prayer brings about backsliding.