Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

Prayer was appointed to convey the blessings God designs to give

September 18, 2009

Prayer was appointed to convey,

The blessings God designs to give.

Joseph Hart, hymn writer

Prayers are useful in obtaining those favours which He foresaw He would bestow on those who should pray for them.

Augustine, City of God, V, 10

in Paul Helm, The Providence of God, IVP, 1993, pp.157-158

When prayer is the source of faith’s power

September 18, 2009

When prayer is the source of faith’s power and the means of its strength, God’s sovereignty is its only restriction.

Wm. L. Lane, Gospel Acording to Mark, p.410 (on Mk.11.23-24)

Satan dreads nothing but prayer

September 18, 2009

Satan dreads nothing but prayer – his one concern is to keep saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.

Samuel Chadwick

Can God forgive the vilest of crimes?

August 25, 2009

(Hamlet, having killed his brother and married his wife…)

O, my offence is rank it smells to heaven;
It hath the primal eldest curse upon’t,
A brother’s murder. Pray can I not,
Though inclination be as sharp as will:
My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent;
And, like a man to double business bound,
I stand in pause where I shall first begin,
And both neglect. What if this cursed hand
Were thicker than itself with brother’s blood,
Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens
To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy
But to confront the visage of offence?
And what’s in prayer but this two-fold force,
To be forestalled ere we come to fall,
Or pardon’d being down? Then I’ll look up;
My fault is past. But, O, what form of prayer
Can serve my turn? ‘Forgive me my foul murder’?
That cannot be; since I am still possess’d
Of those effects for which I did the murder,
My crown, mine own ambition and my queen.
May one be pardon’d and retain the offence?

Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 3

Forgiveness can only come without neglecting justice. Christ suffers that the demands of justice be met for the crime committed and yet mercy be extended to the repentant.

God’s Provision

August 24, 2009

I do want you, dear friends, to realise this principle of working with GOD, and trusting Him for all. If the work is at the command of GOD we can go to Him with fullest confidence for workers. And when GOD gives the workers, then we can go to Him for the means. We always accept
a suitable volunteer, whether we have funds in hand or not.

Then we very often say, Now, dear friend, your first work will be to join us in praying for the money to send you to China. As soon as there is money enough, the time of year and other circumstances being suitable, the volunteer goes out. We do not wait until there is a remittance in hand to give him when he gets there. The LORD will, in the meanwhile, provide the means, and the money will be wired to China in time to supply his wants. Let us see that we keep GOD before our eyes ;that we walk in His ways, and seek to please and glorify Him in everything, great and small. Depend upon it, GOD’S work done in GOD’S way will never lack GOD’S supplies.

Roger Steer, J.Hudson Taylor: A Man in Christ, O M F Books (October 1993) p.299

The privilege of being a son

August 19, 2009

There was one person who could wander into the Oval Office without even knocking when JFK was in power. Far from being annoyed, JFK was always pleased to see this visitor, whatever important people were in there, or whatever was being discussed. He was a two year old John-John, JFK’s son – oblivious to White House protocol, John-John was simply visiting his daddy.

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8.15

Bible – personal study

July 28, 2009

You don’t tune up the instruments after the concert is over.

Hudson Taylor

i.e. spend time in prayer and the study of God’s Word before the business of the day