him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of
the sea driven with the wind and tossed. James 1:6.
Prayer and faith are closely allied, and they need to be studied together.
In the prayer of faith there is a divine science; it is a science that everyone
who would make his life-work a success must understand. Christ says, "What
things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye
shall have them." Mark 11:24. He makes it plain that our asking must
be according to God's will; we must ask for the things that He has promised,
and whatever we receive must be used in doing His will. The conditions met,
the promise is unequivocal.
pardon of sin, for the Holy Spirit, for a Christlike temper, for wisdom and
strength to do His work, for any gift He has promised, we may ask; then we
are to believe that we receive, and return thanks to God that we have received.
We need look for no outward evidence of the blessing. The gift is in the promise,
and we may go about our work assured that what God has promised He is able
to perform, and that the gift, which we already possess, will be realized
when we need it most.
thus by the word of God means the surrender to Him of the whole life. There
will be felt a continual sense of need and dependence, a drawing out of the
heart after God. Prayer is a necessity; for it is the life of the soul. Family
prayer, public prayer, have their place; but it is secret communion with God
that sustains the soul life. . . .
such as never before was seen is taking possession of the world. In amusement,
in money-making, in the contest for power, in the very struggle for existence,
there is a terrible force that engrosses body and mind and soul. In the midst
of this maddening rush, God is speaking. He bids us come apart and commune
with Him. "Be still, and know that I am God." . . .
Not a pause
for a moment in His presence, but personal contact with Christ, to sit down
in companionship with Him-- this is our need.
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