Our Divine Ally

2 Chronicles 20:6
O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? And rulest not Thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? And in Thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand Thee.

Romans 8:31
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

“Prayer”, says someone, “is the greatest thing in the world”. And so it is. It brings us face to face with God. It transforms us into the image of God, it links our earthly feebleness to the very might of God. –Griffith John.

Our Divine Ally, the King of kings, is our intercessor; the Omniscient Spirit is our teacher; and we are invited to counsel with divine wisdom, and to say ourselves on the arm of creative power.

Yet how do we narrow down the magnificence of the divine promises, and compress the hopes, large and grand, offered by the Gospel, into some petty and pitiful request that as we imagine bespeaks Christian humility, but in truth displays unbelief.

When God is for us, are we not most guilty to hesitate and linger in minor and facile enterprises? The greatness of the God we serve demands on our part a large and manly, a far-sighted and far-reaching faith. –William R. Williams.

O Merciful, we strike
Eternal covenant with Thee;
For man may take for his ally
The King who ruleth kings.

How strong, yet how weak-
In utter poverty, how rich !
What possible omnipotence, to good,

Hebrews 7:25 He ever liveth to make intercession for them.

R.A. Torrey, successor to D. L. Moody, was a successful evangelist in American and Britain. His co-labourer was Charles Alexander, the Hymn-writer. In the following, we have the secret of his power:

“If we are to have fellowship with Jesus Christ in His present work, we must spend much time in prayer. We must give ourselves to earnest, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer.

“I know of nothing that has so impressed me with a sense of importance of praying at all seasons, being much and constantly in prayer, as the thought that it is the principal occupation at present of the risen Lord.

“I want to have fellowship with Him, and to that end I have asked the Father that whatever else He makes me, to make me above all an intercessor, to be a man who spends much time in prayer.

“This ministry of intercession is a glorious and mighty ministry and we all can have a part in it. But we must, if we maintain this spirit of constant prayer, take time-and take plenty of it-when we have shut ourselves up in the secret place with God-for nothing but prayer.”

– Royal Exchange : E.F. & L. Harvey.

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