Morning By Morning #2 - Morning by Morning

Morning by Morning #2

Devote yourselves to prayer.

Colossians 4:2

From the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

It is interesting to note the large portion of God’s sacred Word dedicated to the subject of prayer, either in delivering examples to follow, demanding obedience to its truth, or declaring promises regarding it. We can scarcely open the Bible before quickly reading, “At that time men began to call on the name of the LORD” (Gen. 4:26), and just before closing the Blessed Volume, the “Amen” (Rev. 22:21) of a purposeful petition reaches our ears.

Examples are plentiful. In this book we find a wrestling Jacob (Gen. 32:22 – 32), a Daniel who prayed three times a day (Dan. 6:10), and a David who called upon his God with all his heart (Ps. 55:16, 86:12). We see Elijah on a mountain (1 Kings 18:16-46) and Paul and Silas in a prison (Acts 16:16-40). We find multitudes of commands and myriads of promises.

What do these teach us, except the sacred importance and necessity of prayer? We can be certain that whatever God has made so prominent in His Word, He intends to be conspicuously evident in our lives. If He says so much about prayer, it is because He knows how much we need it. Our needs are so deep that we must not cease to pray until we are in heaven.

Do you feel you have no needs? Then I fear you do not know your true poverty. Do you have no desire or mercy to ask of God? Then may the Lord in His mercy show you your misery, for a prayer-less soul is a Christ-less soul!

Prayer is the struggling speech of the believing infant, the war cry of the fighting believer, and the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in the arms of Jesus. It is the breath, the password, the comfort, the strength, and the privilege of a Christian. So if you are a child of God, you will seek your Father’s face and live in your Father’s love.

Pray that this year you will be holy, humble, devoted, and diligent; that you will have closer communion with Christ, often entering the banquet room of His love. Pray that you will be an example and a blessing to others, and that you will live more and more for the glory of your Master.

May our motto this year be: “Devote yourselves to prayer.”

From the pen of Jim Reimann:

If, as Spurgeon says, “A prayer-less soul is a Christ-less soul,” how many of us go through our day without Him? How is it that we profess to know the Lord, claiming Him as our friend, yet spend so little time communing with Him in prayer?

Our Lord Jesus set a beautiful example for us in communing with His heavenly Father. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35). Our Lord prayed often—at the beginning of His day, before many of His miracles, before His meals, and before and during His crucifixion, just to name a few occasions. He prayed for the lost, for His disciples, for His enemies, for the world, and for Himself. Many of His prayers are recorded in His Word to teach us how to pray, when to pray, and for whom to pray.

If Jesus, the perfect Son of God, needed such times with His Father, how much more do we?

From the Book:

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Morning by Morning
By Jim Reimann
Zondervan
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