Secret of Progress
in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge
for us. Ps. 62:8.
We must be much in prayer if we would make progress in the divine life. When
the message of truth was first proclaimed, how much we prayed. How often was
the voice of intercession heard in the chamber, in the barn, in the orchard,
or the grove. Frequently we spent hours in earnest prayer, two or three together
claiming the promise; often the sound of weeping was heard and then the voice
of thanksgiving and the song of praise. Now the day of God is nearer than
when we first believed, and we should be more earnest, more zealous, and fervent
than in those early days. Our perils are greater now than then.
in hours of solitary prayer that Jesus in His earth-life received wisdom and
power. Let the youth follow His example in finding at dawn and twilight a
quiet season for communion with their Father in heaven. And throughout the
day let them lift up their hearts to God. At every step of our way He says,
"I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand; . . . fear not; I will
help thee." Isa. 41:13. Could our children learn this lesson in the morning
of their years, what freshness and power, what joy and sweetness, would be
brought into their lives!
heart break for the longing it has for God, for the living God. The life of
Christ has shown what humanity can do by being partaker of the divine nature.
All that Christ received from God we too may have. Then ask and receive. With
the persevering faith of Jacob, with the unyielding persistence of Elijah,
claim for yourself all that God has promised.
glorious conceptions of God possess your mind. Let your life be knit by hidden
links to the life of Jesus. He who commanded the light to shine out of darkness
is willing to shine in your heart, to give the light of the knowledge of the
glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will take the things
of God and show them unto you. . . . Christ will lead you to the threshold
of the Infinite. You may behold the glory beyond the veil, and reveal to men
the sufficiency of Him who ever liveth to make intercession for us.
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