This sounds like an extreme statement—one that needs a good deal of explaining away. But, dear Christian, you know that our needs are constant, so why should the expression of those needs be less constant? Prayer expresses our sense of dependence upon God, and our faith in Him. We will be like the men of this world if we do not pray. How can we grow in grace and holiness without prayer? For sin tempts us, the world allures us, and Satan attacks us. Prayer brings God in: without Him our boasted strength is worse than useless. If we realized these things would we not be more constant, more earnest in prayer? Life is very busy and there is little time to enter into the closet to have time with our Father at the beginning of the day, and at night we are so weary that sleeping takes over; then we wonder why we are not a reflection of our Lord Jesus at school, work and at home.
Dear Christian, let us remember how the Lord, our example, was often found in prayer; He was the dependent man. Let us cultivate a habit of “praying in the Holy Spirit.” Have we deep needs, decisions to make, action to take and longing desires about which we have not spoken to God as we should? The limitation is not in God, but in ourselves. The Lord Jesus loves us, He gave himself for us, He is in heaven for us and He care for us more than we ever think.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). May we be awakened to our great need for prayer.
It is our prayer that the Lord will use the articles in this issue them to help you to grow and be established in Him. Thank you for your e-mails and notes of encouragement. We love hearing from all of you.
Please keep praying for the Lordï¿½s blessing on Toward the Mark!
Yours in our soon-coming Lord,
Emil S. Nashed
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