If You Tarry till You’re Better...
Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, Weak and wounded, sick and sore; Jesus ready stands to save you, Full of pity, love and pow’r.
Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome, God’s free bounty glorify; True belief and true repentance, Every grace that brings you nigh.
I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in His arms; In the arms of my dear Savior, Oh, there are ten thousand charms.
Come, ye weary, heavy-laden, Lost and ruined by the fall; If you tarry till you’re better, You will never come at all.
Lo! th’ incarnate God ascended, Pleads the merit of His blood: Venture on Him, venture wholly, Let no other trust intrude.
We sang this song this past Sunday at church, we actually sing it pretty regularly.
It is a beautiful anthem that is inviting all to come to Jesus.
One of the most profound lines in the song is
"If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all"
We love this song in theory, right? Yet, so often we don't apply this to ourselves in our daily lives. Especially when it comes to prayer.
To often we try and approach prayer with this idea of "yes, I am so good for praying." But, Jesus is calling us to pray and to worship out of our brokenness, out of our dryness. Too often the thought process is, "Well, I'm just in a funk, and so going to prayer wouldn't be beneficial."
There is no better place to enter into prayer than from here. If we avoid prayer because we think we don't have it all together, or because we aren't good enough, than maybe we are missing the point of prayer.
So come one and come all to meet with Jesus in prayer. Don't check your problems and difficulties at the door, but bring them with you. Allow the Spirit to take you right into the holy of holies, right into the throne room, right to the feet of Jesus with your problems and all.