Watch ye therefore, and
pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that
shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36
Remember that He was often in prayer, and
His life was constantly sustained by fresh inspirations of the Holy Spirit. Let
your thoughts, your inner life, be such that you will not be ashamed to meet
its record in the day of God.
Heaven is not closed against the fervent
prayers of the righteous. Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are,
yet the Lord heard, and in a most striking manner answered his petitions. The
only reason for our lack of power with God is to be found in ourselves. If the
inner life of many who profess the truth were presented before them, they would
not claim to be Christians. They are not growing in grace. A hurried prayer is
offered now and then, but there is no real communion with God.
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. Souls are more hardened. We need now to be imbued
with the Spirit of Christ, and we should not rest until we receive it.
Cultivate the habit of talking with the
Saviour. . . . Let the heart be continually uplifted in silent petition for
help, for light, for strength, for knowledge. Let every breath be a prayer.
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