And whatsoever ye shall
ask in my name, that will I do. John 14:13
The petitions of a humble heart and
contrite spirit he will not despise. The opening of our hearts to our heavenly
Father, the acknowledgment of our entire dependence, the expression of our
wants, the homage of grateful love--this is true prayer.
Angels record every prayer that is
earnest and sincere. We should rather dispense with selfish gratifications than
neglect communion with God. The deepest poverty, the greatest self-denial, with
His approval, is better than riches, honors, ease, and friendship without it.
We must take time to pray. If we allow our minds to be absorbed by worldly
interests, the Lord may give us time by removing from us our idols of gold, of
houses, or of fertile lands.
The young would not be seduced into sin
if they would refuse to enter any path save that upon which they could ask
God's blessing. If the messengers who bear the last solemn warning to the world
would pray for the blessing of God, not in a cold, listless, lazy manner, but
fervently and in faith, as did Jacob, they would find many places where they
could say, "I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved."
They would be accounted of heaven as princes, having power to prevail with God
and with men.
True prayer, offered in faith, is a power
to the petitioner. Prayer, whether offered in the public assembly, at the
family altar, or in secret, places man directly in the presence of God. By
constant prayer the youth may obtain principles so firm that the most powerful
temptations will not draw them from their allegiance to God.
The greatest victories to the church of
Christ or to the individual Christian . . . are those victories that are gained
in the audience chamber with God, when earnest, agonizing faith lays hold upon
the mighty arm of power.
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