The Spirit inspires prayer

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. When next you are sensible of a mighty tide of desire rising up in your heart, bearing you forward in its bosom toward God, yield to it; let it have its blessed way with you. Thought there be almost pain in the unutterable passion of desire, dare not to restrain it; for the Holy Spirit is then taking you up into the presence of God, and is leading you to ask Continue Reading

Bring the cause of the people unto God

Exodus 17:19 Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God. This blessed work of mediator ship was not borne by Moses as a priest, for as yet the priesthood was not constituted; but as a large-hearted, noble man who was at leisure from himself, and had the ear of God. He was “for the people to God-ward.” And it opens up a very interesting vista of service for us all especially for those who are Continue Reading

Alone with God at dawn

Psalm 37:5 [R.V. Margin] Roll thy way upon the Lord. Trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:23 [R.V.] A man’s goings are established of the Lord, and he delighted in his way. A quiet hour spent alone with God at the beginning of the day is the best beginning for the toils and cares of active business. A brief season of prayer, looking above for wisdom and grace and strength, and seeking for an outpouring of the Holy Continue Reading

Divine action in answering prayer

Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. The Bible recognizes various modes of divine action in answering prayer. In the olden times, when God was founding the true religion, and attesting it by signs, evidently supernatural and intended to manifest His immediate Continue Reading

Radiance through prayer

Exodus 34:30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone. Luke 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scripture. Psalm 39:3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue. Observe but the man who is much in heaven, and you observe he is not like Continue Reading

Thou art such a God as they need

Psalm 65:2 O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come. This shall encourage men of all nations to become suppliants to the one and only God, who proves His Deity by answering those who seek His face. Flesh they are, and therefore weak; frail and sinful, they need to pray; and Thou art such a God as they need, for Thou art touched with compassion, and dost condescend to hear the cries of poor flesh and blood. Many Continue Reading

Posture in Prayer

Ephesians 3:14 I bow my knees. One of the main ways to discover a Christian’s deepest concerns is to eavesdrop when he is praying; because if you can overhear a Christian at prayer, you know what concerns him most. Now that is certainly true of this prayer of the apostle Paul. In chapter 2 he has expounded what God has done in Christ; how He has ended the terrible alienation, and is creating this new society, this redeemed and Continue Reading

But when you pray…

Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. The best prayers are those which express, in simplest language, the simplest needs, trust, and fidelities of the Christian soul. In all highest acts, thought must go along with feeling, and head with heart; yet it is communion of affection and desire in the worshipper, and not identity of opinion, Continue Reading

Have you earned one more tomorrow?

Is anybody happier because you passed his way? Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today? The day is almost over, and its toiling time is through; Is there anyone now to utter a kindly word of you? Can you say tonight, in parting with the day That’s slipping fast, That you helped a single brother on the way That you passed? Is a single heart rejoicing over what You did or said; Does the man whose hopes were fading Now Continue Reading

Prayer: Aid in Prayer

Romans 8:26 The Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought. [RSV]. The strengthening aid of the Spirit of God in prayer is one of His most characteristic ministries. He is the promised ‘Spirit of grace and supplications’ [Zech. 12:10]. The only ground of acceptable prayer is the work of the Lord Jesus, but in our actual approach, says Paul, ‘we... have access by one Spirit unto the Father’, Eph. 2:18; see Continue Reading