and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you. Matt. 7:7.
if every one would only know by personal experience how much of heaven’s
promised rest can be secured to the soul, even now, by sincere prayer. If
one has not learned this lesson, every other lesson of life [had] better not
be learned till he shall learn in the school of Christ how to master this
As Christians we want a new and living experience every day. We want to learn
how to trust Jesus, to believe in Him and confide everything to Him. Jacob
was raised from a man of feebleness and defects, through faith in God in prayer,
to be a prince with God. He prevailed through faith. God is omnipotent. Man
is finite. In converse with God, we may lay the most secret thing of the soul
open to Him—for He knows it all—but not to man. . . .
not become careless and separate from the Source of your strength. Watch your
thoughts, watch your words, and in all things you seek to do, seek to glorify
God. The more closely you lie at the foot of the cross, the more clearly will
you see the matchless charms of Jesus and the unparalleled love He has evidenced
for fallen man. . . .
not the pressure of business separate you from God, for if you ever need counsel
and clear forethought and sharp ideas, it is when you have much work on your
hands. It is then that you need to take time to pray, to have increased faith
and implicit trust in the counsel of the Physician in Chief. Ask Him to help
you. Pray the oftener the more critical the work you have to do. . . .
Oh what a theme to contemplate that man, depraved and lost in his natural
condition, may be renewed and saved by the gracious help that Christ gives
him in the gospel. The love of Jesus in the soul will drive out the enemy
who is seeking to take possession of man. Every trial patiently borne, every
blessing thankfully received, every temptation faithfully resisted, will make
you a strong man in Jesus Christ. All this grace may be gained in the prayer
of faith. . . .
Lay hold upon strength from above. Even Jesus, when preparing for some great
trial, would resort to the solitude of the mountains and spend the night in
prayer to His Father.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 231.