Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Out of the depths must we cry

“Praying in the Holy Ghost.”- Jude 1:20


Mark the grand characteristic of true prayer-”In the Holy Ghost.” The seed of acceptable devotion must come from heaven’s storehouse. Only the prayer which comes from God can go to God. We must shoot the Lord’s arrows back to him. That desire which he writes upon our heart will move his heart and bring down a blessing, but the desires of the flesh have no power with him.

Praying in the Holy Ghost is praying in fervency. Cold prayers ask the Lord not to hear them. Those who do not plead with fervency, plead not at all. As well speak of lukewarm fire as of lukewarm prayer-it is essential that it be red hot. It is praying perseveringly. The true suppliant gathers force as he proceeds, and grows more fervent when God delays to answer. The longer the gate is closed, the more vehemently does he use the knocker, and the longer the angel lingers the more resolved is he that he will never let him go without the blessing. Beautiful in God’s sight is tearful, agonizing, unconquerable importunity. It means praying humbly, for the Holy Spirit never puffs us up with pride. It is his office to convince of sin, and so to bow us down in contrition and brokenness of spirit. We shall never sing Gloria in excelsis except we pray to God De profundis: out of the depths must we cry, or we shall never behold glory in the highest. It is loving prayer. Prayer should be perfumed with love, saturated with love-love to our fellow saints, and love to Christ. Moreover, it must be a prayer full of faith. A man prevails only as he believes. The Holy Spirit is the author of faith, and strengthens it, so that we pray believing God’s promise. O that this blessed combination of excellent graces, priceless and sweet as the spices of the merchant, might be fragrant within us because the Holy Ghost is in our hearts!
 Most blessed Comforter, exert thy mighty power within us, helping our infirmities in prayer.    ~Spurgeon

2 comments:

dora said...

What do we see in the world today?

Rebellion in the home, in the streets, in the governments.

Vile, abominable sins are lauded and applauded by equally vile persons, etc.

Is there nothing to cry out to God for?

As it is, how can we be silent in prayer, when there is so much to grieve our hearts. And yet, a holy God is more grieved still at that which He sees, and will judge at the last day.

The state of the churches should give enough for us to cry out to God for.

May God help us. For if can't, none can.

lyn said...

Amen Dora, Amen. The world, including the churches, is in a shambles. Sin has run rampant, and increases even now. The world is catapulting itself into hell, and the churches are too self-absorbed to even notice. Christianity in America is riddled with sin; pride, sexual sin, idolatry, etc. Men go to great lengths to cover up their sins, and other men come along side to approve of it. There is a never-ending promotion of 'self', and all the books 'self' writes, teaching series, conferences...it's all available for a price. Well known Evangelicals are promoting everything they do for a price, they are no better than the WOF folk! I cry out for God to bring us low, we are in desperate need of repentance in America, for we have bowed the knee to another god.