Wrought By Prayer
us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. Heb. 10:22.
can be no true prayer without true faith. “Without faith it is impossible
to please him” (Heb. 11:6). Prayer and faith are the arms by which the
soul hangs upon the neck of infinite love, and grasps the hand of infinite
power. God does not recognize dumb children, as far as experience in His truth
is concerned. Faith is an active, working power. The newborn faith in Christ
is revealed by prayer and praise. Prayer is a relief and a comfort to the
troubled soul. The sincere, humble suppliant at the throne of grace may know
that he is communing with God, through the divinely appointed means, and that
it is his privilege to understand what God is to the believing soul. We must
have a realization of our needs. We must hunger and thirst after life in Christ
and through Christ. Then we shall come to Him in humility and sincerity, and
He will give us the faith that works by love and purifies the soul. . . .
Christ gave Himself willingly and cheerfully to the carrying out the will
of God. “He . . . became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross” (Phil. 2:8). In view of all that He has done, should we feel
it a hardship to deny ourselves? Shall we draw back from being partakers of
Christ’s sufferings? His death ought to stir every fiber of our beings,
making us willing to consecrate to His work all that we have and are.
As we think of what He has done for us, our hearts should be filled with gratitude
and love, and we should renounce all selfishness and sin. What duty could
the heart refuse to perform, under the constraining influence of the love
of God and Christ? “I am crucified with Christ,” the apostle Paul
declared: “nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son
of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).
Let us relate ourselves to God in self-denying, self-sacrificing obedience.
Faith in Christ always leads to willing, cheerful obedience. He died to redeem
us from all iniquity, and to purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous
of good works. There is to be perfect conformity, in thought, word, and deed,
to the will of God. Heaven is only for those who have purified their souls
through obedience to the truth.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 247.