reverence for God and know not how to approach our Maker in prayer. We
must always approach our Maker with sacredness and awe through faith,
not in ourselves, but in a Mediator. Thus we are to be kept fast,
under whatever circumstances we are placed. May the Holy Spirit lead
us say: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).
Asking to give to others
the principles of prayer that Christ taught His disciples is asking in
order to give to others. The lesson in Luke 11 is that Christ teaches
us to ask so that we may minister to others. Christ our example was
continually receiving from the Father that He might communicate to us.
“The word which ye hear,” He said, “is not Mine, but the Father's which
sent Me” (John 14:24). “The Son of man came not to be ministered unto,
but to minister” (Matthew 20:28). Not for Himself, but for others,
Christ lived and thought and prayed.
hours spent with God, Christ came forth morning by morning, to bring
the light of heaven to men. Daily He received a fresh baptism of the
Holy Spirit. In the early hours of the new day the Lord awakened Him
from His slumbers, and His soul and His lips were anointed with grace,
that He might impart to others. His words were given Him fresh from
the heavenly courts, words that He might speak in season to the weary
and oppressed. “The Lord God hath given Me,” He said, “the tongue of
the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him
that is weary: He wakeneth morning by morning, He wakeneth Mine ear to
hear as the learned” (Isaiah 50:4).
disciples were much impressed by His prayers and by His habit of
communion with God. One day after a short absence from their Lord,
they found Him absorbed in supplication. Seeming unconscious of their
presence, He continued praying aloud. The hearts of the disciples were
deeply moved. As He ceased praying, they exclaimed, “Lord, teach us to
pray” (Luke 11:1). In answer, Christ repeated the Lord's prayer, as He
had given it in the sermon on the mount. Then in a parable He
illustrated the lesson He desired to teach them.
of you,” He said, “shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at
midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend
of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before
him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not; the door
is now shut, and my children are with me in bed: I cannot rise and give
thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him because he
is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him
as many as he needeth” (Luke 11:5-8).
Christ represents the petitioner as asking that he may give again. He
must obtain the bread, else he cannot supply the necessities of a
weary, belated wayfarer. Though his neighbour is unwilling to be
troubled, he will not desist his pleading; his friend must be relieved;
and at last his importunity is rewarded, his wants are supplied.
selfish neighbour in the parable does not represent the character of
God. The lesson is drawn, not by comparison, but by contrast. A
selfish man will grant an urgent request, in order to rid himself of
one who disturbs his rest. But God delights to give. He is full of
compassion, and He longs to grant the requests of those who come unto
Him in faith. He gives to us that we may minister to others and thus
become like Himself.
prayers are not to be a selfish asking, merely for our own benefit. We
are to ask that we may give. The principle of Christ's life must be
the principle of our lives. “For their sakes,” He said, speaking of
His disciples, “I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified”
(John 17:19). The same devotion, the same self-sacrifice, the same
subjection to the claims of the word of God, that were manifest in
Christ, must be seen in His servants.
Pray with obedience
are conditions to the fulfilment of God's promises, and prayer can
never take the place of duty. “If ye love Me,” Christ says, “Keep My
commandments.” “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it
is that loveth Me; and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father,
and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him” (John 14:15, 21).
hears prayer. Christ has said, “If ye shall ask anything in My name, I
will do it." Again He says, "If any man serve Me, him will My Father
honor” John 14:14; 12: 26). If we live according to His word, every
precious promise He has given will be fulfilled to us. We are
undeserving of His mercy, but as we give ourselves to Him, He receives
us. He will work for and through those who follow Him.
as we live in obedience to His word can we claim the fulfilment of His
promises. The psalmist says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the
Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18). If we render to Him only a
partial, halfhearted obedience, His promises will not be fulfilled to
regarding iniquity/sin in our hearts is breaking of the eternal law of
God, for “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4), obedience
to the law is a prerequisite to answered prayers, for “he
that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall
be abomination” (Proverbs 28:9).
who desire prayer for their restoration to health, it should be made
plain that the violation of God's law, either natural or spiritual, is
sin, and that in order for them to receive His blessing, sin must be
confessed and forsaken. The Scripture bids us: “Confess your faults
one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed” (James
5:16). Sin of a private character is to be confessed to Christ, the
only mediator between God and man. For “if any man sin, we have an
advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).
open sin should be as openly confessed. Wrong done to a fellow being
should be made right with the one who has been offended. If any who
seek healing from God and have been guilty of evil-speaking, if they
have sowed discord in the home, the neighbourhood, or the church, and
have stirred up alienation and dissension, if by any wrong practice
they have led others into sin, these things should be confessed before
God and before those who have been offended. “If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
praying for the sick, we must always remember that only God knows the
end from the beginning. He knows whether those for whom prayer is
offered would or would not be able to endure the trials that would come
upon them should they live. He knows whether their lives would be a
blessing or a curse to themselves and to the world. This is one reason
why, while presenting our petitions with earnestness, we should say,
“Nevertheless not my will, but Thine, be done” (Luke 22:42). Jesus
added these words of submission to the wisdom and will of God when in
the Garden of Gethsemane He pleaded, “O My Father, if it be possible,
let this cup pass from Me” (Matthew 26:39). And if they were
appropriate for Him, the Son of God, how much more are they becoming on
the lips of finite, erring mortals!
are forfeiting the condition of acceptance with the Father. We need to
examine closely the deed of trust wherewith we approach God. If we are
disobedient, we bring to the Lord a cheque to be cashed when we have
not fulfilled the conditions that would make it payable to us. We
present to God His promises, and ask Him to fulfil them, when by so
doing He would dishonour His own name.
promise is “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask
what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). And John
declares: “Hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His
commandments. He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His
commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth
His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected” (1 John 2:3-5).
Christ's last commands to His disciples was “Love one another as I have
loved you” (John 13:34). Do we obey this command, or are we indulging
sharp, unchristlike traits of character? If we have in any way grieved
or wounded others, it is our duty to confess our fault and seek for
reconciliation. This is an essential preparation that we may come
before God in faith, to pray for His blessing.
Pray with faith in God
is to pray and believe. Watch unto prayer. Watch, and co-operate with
the prayer-hearing God. Bear in mind that “we are labourers together
with God” (1 Corinthians 3:9). Speak and act in harmony with your
prayers. It will make an infinite difference with you whether trial
shall prove your faith to be genuine, or show that your prayers are
only a form.
perplexities arise, and difficulties confront you, look not for help to
humanity. Trust all with God. The practice of telling our
difficulties to others only makes us weak, and brings no strength to
them. It lays upon them the burden of our spiritual infirmities, which
they cannot relieve. We seek the strength of erring, finite man, when
we might have the strength of the unerring, infinite God.
word of Christ as your assurance. Has He not invited you to come unto
Him? Never allow yourself to talk in a hopeless, discouraged way. If
you do you will lose much. By looking at appearances and complaining
when difficulties and pressure come, you give evidence of a sickly,
enfeebled faith. Talk and act as if your faith was invincible. The
Lord is rich in resources; the world and the fullness thereof are His
(Psalm 50:12). Look up to Him who has light and power and efficiency.
there is in genuine faith a buoyancy, a steadfastness of principle, and
a fixedness of purpose that neither time nor toil can weaken. “Even
the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly
fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they
shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:30, 31).
not only pray in Christ's name, but by the inspiration of the Holy
Spirit. This explains what is meant when it is said that the Spirit
“maketh intercession for us, with groanings which cannot be uttered”
(Romans 8:26). Such prayer God delights to answer. When with
earnestness and intensity we breathe a prayer in the name of Christ,
there is in that very intensity a pledge from God that He is about to
answer our prayer “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think”
has said, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye
receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24). “Whatsoever ye
shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified
in the Son” (John 14:13). And the beloved John, under the inspiration
of the Holy Spirit, speaks with great plainness and assurance: “If we
ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that
He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that
we desired of Him” (1 John 5:14, 15). Then, in faith, let us press our
petition to the Father in the name of Jesus. God will honour that
our privilege to pour out our hearts to God in prayer. “Prayer is the
opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in
order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to
receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to
Him” (Steps to Christ, p. 93).
Saviour gave us an example. Christ, while He dwelt among men, was
often in prayer. Our Saviour identified Himself with our needs and
weakness, in that He became a suppliant, a petitioner, seeking from His
Father fresh supplies of strength, that He might come forth braced for
duty and trial. He is our example in all things. He is a brother in our
infirmities, "in all points tempted like as we are" (Hebrews 4:15); but
as the sinless one His nature recoiled from evil; He endured struggles
and torture of soul in a world of sin. His humanity made prayer a
necessity and a privilege. He found comfort and joy in communion with
His Father. And if the Saviour of men, the Son of God, felt the need of
prayer, how much more should feeble, sinful mortals feel the necessity
of fervent, constant prayer.
are certain conditions upon which we may expect that God will hear and
answer our prayers. One of the first of these is that we feel our need
of help from Him. He has promised, “I will pour water upon him that is
thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground” (Isaiah 44:3). Whosoever
hungers and thirsts after righteousness, who long after God, may be
sure that they will be filled. The heart must be open to the Spirit's
influence, or God's blessing cannot be received.
great need is itself an argument and pleads most eloquently in our
behalf. But the Lord is to be sought unto to do these things for us. He
says, "Ask, and it shall be given you” (Matthew 7:7). And “He that
spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He
not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32).
we regard iniquity in our hearts, if we cling to any known sin, the
Lord will not hear us (Psalm 66:18); but the prayer of the penitent,
contrite soul is always accepted (Psalm 51:17). When all known wrongs
are righted, we may believe that God will answer our petitions. Our own
merit will never commend us to the favour of God; it is the worthiness
of Jesus that will save us, His blood that will cleanse us; yet we have
a work to do in complying with the conditions of acceptance.
element of prevailing prayer is faith. "He that cometh to God must
believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently
seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Jesus said to His disciples, "What things
soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye
shall have them" (Mark 11:24). Do we take Him at His word?
we come to ask mercy and blessing from God we should have a spirit of
love and forgiveness in our own hearts. How can we pray, "Forgive us
our debts, as we forgive our debtors" (Matthew 6:12), and yet indulge
an unforgiving spirit? If we expect our own prayers to be heard we
must forgive others in the same manner and to the same extent as we
hope to be forgiven.
ought to know that perseverance in prayer has been made a condition of
receiving. We must pray always if we would grow in faith and
experience. We are to be "instant in prayer" (Romans 12:12), to
"continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving"
(Colossians 4:2). Peter exhorts believers to be "sober, and watch unto
prayer" (1 Peter 4:7). Paul directs, "In everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto
God" (Philippians 4:6). "But ye, beloved," says Jude, "praying in the
Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God" (Jude 20, 21). It is
our privilege to “pray
without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17); for
unceasing prayer is the unbroken union of the soul with God, so that
life from God flows into our life; and from our life, purity and
holiness flow back to God.
Proper attitude in prayer
whole part is quoted directly from the book: Selected Messages,
Vol. 2, chapter 32, as follows: “I have received letters questioning
me in regard to the proper attitude to be taken by a person offering
prayer to the Sovereign of the universe. Where have our brethren
obtained the idea that they should stand upon their feet when praying
has been educated for about five years in Battle Creek was asked to
lead in prayer before Sister White should speak to the people. But as I
beheld him standing upright upon his feet while his lips were about to
open in prayer to God, my soul was stirred within me to give him an
open rebuke. Calling him by name, I said, ‘Get down upon your knees.’
This is the proper position always.
was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and
prayed” (Luke 22:41).
put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to
the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she
saw Peter, she sat up” (Acts 9:40).
stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my
spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not
this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep”
(Acts 7:59, 60).
had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all” (Acts
had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all
brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the
city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed” (Acts 21:5).
evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my
garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands
unto the Lord my God, and said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to
lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over
our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens” (Ezra 9:5, 6).
let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker”
this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”
(Ephesians 3:14). And this whole chapter will, if the heart is
receptive, be as precious a lesson as we can learn.
down when in prayer to God is the proper attitude to occupy. This act
of worship was required of the three Hebrew captives in Babylon … But
such an act was homage to be rendered to God alone – the Sovereign of
the world, the Ruler of the universe; and these three Hebrews refused
to give such honor to any idol even though composed of pure gold. In
doing so, they would, to all intents and purposes, be bowing to the
king of Babylon. Refusing to do as the king had commanded, they
suffered the penalty, and were cast into the burning fiery furnace. But
Christ came in person and walked with them through the fire, and they
received no harm.
public and private worship it is our duty to bow down upon our knees
before God when we offer our petitions to Him. This act shows our
dependence upon God.
dedication of the Temple, Solomon stood facing the altar. In the court
of the Temple was a brazen scaffold or platform, and after ascending
this, he stood and lifted up his hands to heaven, and blessed the
immense congregation of Israel, and all the congregation of Israel
Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five
cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the
court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all
the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven”
(2 Chronicles 6:13).
lengthy prayer which he then offered was appropriate for the occasion.
It was inspired of God, breathing the sentiments of the loftiest piety
blended with the deepest humility” (Selected Messages, Vol. 2,
A growing laxness
whole part continues quoting from the book: Selected Messages,
Vol. 2, chapter 32, as follows: “I present these proof texts with the
inquiry, "Where did Brother H obtain his education?" – At Battle Creek.
Is it possible that with all the light that God has given to His people
on the subject of reverence, that ministers, principals, and teachers
in our schools, by precept and example, teach young men to stand erect
in devotion as did the Pharisees? Shall we look upon this as
significant of their self-sufficiency and self-importance? Are these
traits to become conspicuous?
spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they
were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to
pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood
and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other
men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I
fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess" (Luke
18:9-12). Mark you, it was the self-righteous Pharisee who was not in a
position of humility and reverence before God; but standing in his
haughty self-sufficiency, he told the Lord all his good deeds. "The
Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself" (Luke 18: 11); and his
prayer reached no higher than himself.
publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto
heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a
sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather
than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased;
and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 18:13, 14).
that our brethren will not manifest less reverence and awe as they
approach the only true and living God than the heathen manifest for
their idol deities, or these people will be our judges in the day of
final decision. I would speak to all who occupy the place of teachers
in our schools. Men and women, do not dishonor God by your irreverence
and pomposity. Do not stand up in your Pharisaism and offer your
prayers to God. Mistrust your own strength. Depend not in it; but often
bow down on your knees before God, and worship Him” (Selected
Messages, Vol. 2, pp. 313-314).
On bended knee
whole part continues to quote from the book: Selected Messages,
Vol. 2, chapter 32, as follows: “And when you assemble to worship God,
be sure and bow your knees before Him. Let this act testify that the
whole soul, body, and spirit are in subjection to the Spirit of truth.
Who have searched the Word closely for examples and direction in this
respect? Whom can we trust as teachers in our schools in America and
foreign countries? After years of study shall students return to their
own country with perverted ideas of the respect and honor and reverence
that should be given to God, and feel under no obligation to honor the
men of gray hairs, the men of experience, the chosen servants of God
who have been connected with the work of God through almost all the
years of their life?
advise all who attend the schools in America or in any other place, do
not catch the spirit of irreverence. Be sure you understand for
yourself what kind of education you need, that you may educate others
to obtain a fitness of character that will stand the test that is soon
to be brought upon all who live upon the earth. Keep company with the
soundest Christians. Choose not the pretentious instructors or pupils,
but those who show the deepest piety, those who have a spirit of
intelligence in the things of God.
living in perilous times. Seventh-day Adventists are professedly the
commandment-keeping people of God; but they are losing their devotional
spirit. This spirit of reverence for God teaches men how to approach
their Maker – with sacredness and awe through faith, not in themselves,
but in a Mediator. Thus man is kept fast, under whatever circumstances
he is placed.
must come on bended knee, as a subject of grace, a suppliant at the
footstool of mercy. And as he receives daily mercies at the hand of
God, he is ever to cherish gratitude in his heart, and give expression
to it in the words of thanksgiving and praise for these unmerited
favors. Angels have been guarding his pathway through all his life, and
many of the snares he has been delivered from he has not seen. And for
this guardianship and watchcare by eyes that never slumber and never
sleep, he is to recognize in every prayer the service of God for him.
should lean upon God in their helplessness and daily necessity. They
should keep humble, watchful, and prayerful. Praise and thanksgiving
should flow forth in gratitude and sincere love for God.
assembly of the upright and in the congregation should they praise the
Most High God. All who have a sense of their vital connection with God
should stand before the Lord as witnesses for Him, giving expression of
the love, the mercies, and the goodness of God. Let the words be
sincere, simple, earnest, intelligent, the heart burning with the love
of God, the lips sanctified to His glory not only to make known the
mercies of God in the assembly of the saints but to be His witnesses in
every place. The inhabitants of the earth are to know that He is God,
the only true and living God.
should be an intelligent knowledge of how to come to God in reverence
and Godly fear with devotional love. There is a growing lack of
reverence for our Maker, a growing disregard of His greatness and His
majesty. But God is speaking to us in these last days. We hear His
voice in the storm, in the rolling thunder. We hear of the calamities
He permits in the earthquakes, the breaking forth of waters, and the
destructive elements sweeping all before them.
of ships going down in the tempestuous ocean. God speaks to families
who have refused to recognize Him, sometimes in the whirlwind and
storm, sometimes face to face as He talked with Moses. Again He
whispers His love to the little trusting child and to the gray-haired
sire in his dotage. And earthly wisdom has a wisdom as it beholds the
the still small voice which succeeds the whirlwind and the tempest that
moves the rocks out of position, is heard, let all cover their face,
for God is very near. Let them hide themselves in Jesus Christ; for He
is their hiding place. The cleft in the rock is hidden with His own
pierced hand while the humble seeker waits in bowed attitude to hear
what saith the Lord unto His servant” (Selected Messages, Vol.
2, pp. 314-316).
No place inappropriate for prayer
told: “There is no time or place in which it is inappropriate to offer
up a petition to God ... In the crowds of the street, in the midst of a
business engagement, we may send up a petition to God, and plead for
divine guidance, as did Nehemiah when he made his request before King
speak with Jesus as we walk by the way, and He says, I am at thy right
hand. We may commune with God in our hearts; we may walk in
companionship with Christ. When engaged in our daily labor, we may
breathe out our heart's desire, inaudible to any human ear; but that
word cannot die away into silence, nor can it be lost. Nothing can
drown the soul's desire. It rises above the din of the street, above
the noise of machinery. It is God to whom we are speaking, and our
prayer is heard” (Selected Messages, Vol. 2, p. 316).
not be clearer. When you assemble to worship God, be sure to bow your
knees before Him in payer. When travelling on roads, shopping in the
supermarkets, walking in the streets, when busy with your daily labour,
you need not wait until you can kneel to pray, but unceasingly be
prayerful to God.
Come with reverence
whole part quotes from the devotional: God’s Amazing Grace,
chapter 83, as follows: “Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God
acceptably with reverence and godly fear” (Hebrews 12:28).
should be an intelligent knowledge of how to come to God in reverence
and godly fear with devotional love. There is a growing lack of
reverence for our Maker, a growing disregard of His greatness and His
majesty. But God is speaking to us in these last days. We hear His
voice in the storm, in the rolling thunder. We hear of calamities He
permits in the earthquakes, the breaking forth of waters, and the
destructive elements sweeping all before them.
these perilous times, those who profess to be God's commandment-keeping
people should guard against the tendency to lose the spirit of
reverence and godly fear. The Scriptures teach men how to approach
their Maker--with humility and awe, through faith in a divine Mediator.
Let man come on bended knee, as a subject of grace, a suppliant at the
footstool of mercy. Thus he is to testify that the whole soul, body,
and spirit are in subjection to his Creator.
public and in private worship, it is our duty to bow upon our knees
before God when we offer our petitions to Him. Jesus, our example,
"kneeled down, and prayed." And of His disciples it is recorded that
they, too, "kneeled down, and prayed." Stephen "kneeled." Paul
declared: "I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ"
(Ephesians 3:14). In confessing before God the sins of Israel, Ezra
knelt. Daniel "kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed,
and gave thanks before his God" (Daniel 6:10). And the invitation of
the psalmist is: "O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel
before the Lord our Maker" (Psalm 95:6).
doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to
walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God
with all thy heart and with all thy soul?" (Deuteronomy 10:12). . . .
"The eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in
his mercy" (Psalm 33:18). "By humility and the fear of the Lord are
riches, and honour, and life" (Proverbs 22:4)” (Amazing Grace,
Come in humility and holy fear
whole part is quoted from the devotional: God’s Amazing Grace,
chapter 84, as follows: “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of
the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him”
“Humility and reverence should characterize the deportment of all who
come into the presence of God. In the name of Jesus we may come before
Him with confidence, but we must not approach Him with the boldness of
presumption, as though He were on a level with ourselves. There are
those who address the great and all-powerful and holy God, who dwelleth
in light unapproachable, as they would address an equal, or even an
are those who conduct themselves in His house as they would not presume
to do in the audience-chamber of an earthly ruler. These should
remember that they are in His sight whom seraphim adore, before whom
angels veil their faces. God is greatly to be reverenced; all who truly
realize His presence will bow in humility before Him.
think it a mark of humility to pray to God in a common manner, as if
talking with a human being. They profane His name by needlessly and
irreverently mingling with their prayers the words, "God Almighty" –
awful, sacred words, which should never pass the lips except in subdued
tones and with a feeling of awe.
the heartfelt prayer of faith that is heard in heaven and answered on
earth. God understands the needs of humanity. He knows what we desire
before we ask Him. He sees the soul's conflict with doubt and
temptation. He marks the sincerity of the suppliant. He will accept the
humiliation and affliction of the soul. "To this man will I look,” He
declares, "even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and
trembleth at my word" [Isaiah 66:2].
our privilege to pray with confidence, the Spirit inditing our
petitions. With simplicity we should state our needs to the Lord, and
claim His promise.
prayers should be full of tenderness and love. When we yearn for a
deeper, broader realization of the Saviour's love, we shall cry to God
for more wisdom. If ever there was a need of soul-stirring prayers and
sermons, it is now. The end of all things is at hand. O that we could
see as we should the necessity of seeking the Lord with all the heart!
Then we should find Him. May God teach His people how to pray” (Amazing
Grace, chapter 84).
“The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace”
(Numbers 6:26). To them that are “the remnant of her seed” (Revelation
12:17; 19:10), “Despise not prophesying” (1 Thessalonians 5:20).
Whilst the majority in our churches will despise this counsel, you
must “not follow a multitude to do evil” (Exodus 23:2). Answer the
let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker”
(Psalm 95:6). But “if it
seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will
Finally, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and
keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes