Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. James 1:6.
Prayer and faith are closely allied, and they need to be studied together. In the prayer of faith there is a divine science; it is a science that everyone who would make his life-work a success must understand. Christ says, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24. He makes it plain that our asking must be according to God’s will; we must ask for the things that He has promised, and whatever we receive must be used in doing His will. The conditions met, the promise is unequivocal.
For the pardon of sin, for the Holy Spirit, for a Christlike temper, for wisdom and strength to do His work, for any gift He has promised, we may ask; then we are to believe that we receive, and return thanks to God that we have received. We need look for no outward evidence of the blessing. The gift is in the promise, and we may go about our work assured that what God has promised He is able to perform, and that the gift, which we already possess, will be realized when we need it most.
To live thus by the word of God means the surrender to Him of the whole life. There will be felt a continual sense of need and dependence, a drawing out of the heart after God. Prayer is a necessity; for it is the life of the soul. Family prayer, public prayer, have their place; but it is secret communion with God that sustains the soul life. . . .
An intensity such as never before was seen is taking possession of the world. In amusement, in money-making, in the contest for power, in the very struggle for existence, there is a terrible force that engrosses body and mind and soul. In the midst of this maddening rush, God is speaking. He bids us come apart and commune with Him. “Be still, and know that I am God.” . . .
Not a pause for a moment in His presence, but personal contact with Christ, to sit down in companionship with Him– this is our need.
Maranatha p. 87
—–Please pray that God will lead in the decision that will be made in Sunday’s meeting. L
When Ronnie Jay was about one, our church had a series of meetings. One of the people who joined the church was a lady who had recently moved to town. When she heard that we had recently lost everything when our house burned to the ground, she gave us a wool blanket that had great sentimental value to her. Even though it was precious to her, she wanted us to have it. It was an old woven blanket that had been made from the wool of her brother’s own sheep. It was not dyed, but it was a strange shade of black with a greenish tinge. Her brother raised black sheep. Most wool feels prickly but not this blanket. It wasn’t soft, but it wasn’t irritating either. She loved that blanket, but she gave it to us because she knew we had need. That blanket became very special to me because of the sacrifice that woman made.
The blanket became Ronnie Jay’s. He loved that blanket and used it for many years. Eventually, it wore out. Still, Ronnie Jay did not want to get rid of it. Neither did I. In spite of our wishes, Ron threw it away while I was at work. Ronnie Jay was very sad and upset and pleaded with his father to let him keep it. All his pleading did no good.
Eileen, knowing how much that wool blanket meant to her little brother and to me, had an idea. She would make him a quilt and use that blanket inside for warmth. She told her father her plan and he let her have it. She had never made a quilt before, but she had seen them, so she had a fairly good idea as to how they were made. She took our old clothes and cut them into pieces and sewed them together. She left pockets and zippers in the cut up pieces. Day after day she worked on that quilt whenever she had free time and her brother was napping or outside.
Months later the quilt was completed. She gave it to Ronnie Jay for Christmas. He was thrilled when he found that he could unzip the zippers she had incorporated into the quilt and “visit” his well-loved wool blanket. He was also delighted with the pockets that he found she had stuffed with candy and little toys. Each pocket brought a new discovery. It was truly a labor of love, and her little brother’s happiness was a great reward for all those many hours she had spent sewing it all by hand.
Our Loving Heavenly Father gives us gifts that have cost much more than that quilt ever did. He gave us His own Dear Son. It was the greatest sacrifice He could make! All Heaven was wrapped up in that Great Gift. He poured out all His Love, all His Care in His Great Sacrifice. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16,17 What wonderful love!
Yet our Great Redeemer goes even beyond that Gift. He yearns to be intimately involved in every aspect of our life, to dwell with us each moment of the day leading in all of our experiences, guiding us through them, sharing our good times with Him as well as our times of trial and discouragement. He pleads, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Rev 3:20 He assures us, “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour.” Isa 43:1-3
And if that isn’t enough, He promises to answer every prayer “above all that we ask or think.” Eph 3:20 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:9-13
May we ask our Loving Saviour to dwell with us each day guiding our thoughts, words, and actions that we may be pleasing in His sight. May our focus so be upon Him that others will notice that we have been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13) May we always point those around us to the One Who loves them so.