In The Morning
voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct
my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Ps. 5:3
very first outbreathing of the soul in the morning should be for the presence
of Jesus. “Without Me,” He says, “ye can do nothing.”
It is Jesus that we need; His light, His life, His spirit, must be ours continually.
We need Him every hour. And we should pray in the morning that as the sun
illuminates the landscape, and fills the world with light, so the Sun of Righteousness
may shine into the chambers of mind and heart, and make us all light in the
Lord. We cannot do without His presence one moment. The enemy knows when we
undertake to do without our Lord, and he is there, ready to fill our minds
with his evil suggestions that we may fall from our steadfastness; but it
is the desire of the Lord that from moment to moment we should abide in Him,
and thus be complete in Him. . . .
designs that every one of us shall be perfect in Him, so that we may represent
to the world the perfection of His character. He wants us to be set free from
sin, that we may not disappoint Heaven, that we may not grieve our divine
Redeemer. He does not desire us to profess Christianity, and yet not avail
ourselves of that grace which is able to make us perfect, that we may be found
wanting in nothing.
Prayer and faith will do what no power on earth can accomplish. We are seldom,
in all respects, placed in the same position twice. We continually have new
scenes and new trials to pass through, where past experience cannot be a sufficient
guide. We must have the continual light that comes from God. Christ is ever
sending messages to those who listen for His voice.
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It is a part of God’s plan to grant us, in answer to the prayer of faith,
that which He would not bestow did we not thus ask.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 40, 41.