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The value of prayer can hardly be
estimated. Unless you are willing to take up a life of
prayer and keep it until the close, you had just as well not
take up the Christian profession. Without prayer you
will die. Some one has expressed it thus:
"Prayer is our life, our soul’s triumphant wings,
The arm that holds the shield and hand that takes the
Along the line on which a thousand faithful prayers
Surely God doth send ten thousand blessings down."
What an honor it is to have audience with the King of
glory! He extends the golden scepter to us, and we come
hopefully, confidingly, into his presence and tell him all
that is in our hearts. It is only because we comprehend
something of his great love to us that we venture to come into
his presence. Who would not consider it a great honor
and blessed privilege to be admitted into the courts of the
lords and the kings of earth? The greatest honor
bestowed upon man is the privilege of coming into the presence
of God and conversing with him. Alas! how few appreciate
the privilege of prayer! How few can properly estimate
its true worth! Jesus by his example has taught us
something of the worth of prayer. His rising a great
while before it was day to hold communion with the Father, and
his spending all night in prayer to him, teach us something of
its importance. If it was necessary for Jesus to spend
so much time in prayer---how much more necessary for us.
Prayer is the energy and life of the soul. It is
the invincible armor which shields the devoted Christian from
the poisoned missles shot forth from the batteries of
hell. It is the mighty weapon in his hand with which he
fights life’s battles unto victory. He who lives in
prayer reigus triumphant. His soul is filled with the
peace of heaven. Power is given him over sin and the
world. By prayer all storm-clouds are driven away,
mountains of discouragement are cast into the sea, chasms of
difficulties are bridged, hope is given wings, faith
increases, and joys abound. Hell may rage and threaten,
but he who is frequent and fervent in prayer experiences no
alarm. By prayer the windows of heaven are opened, and
showers of refreshing dews are rained upon the soul. It
is as a watered garden, a fertile spot where blooms the
unfading rose of Sharon and the lily-of-the-valley; where
spread the undecaying, unwithering branches
of the tree of life.
By prayer the soul
is nourished and strengthened by the divine life. Do you
long for deeper joys? for a greater sense of the divine
fulness? for a sweeter balm of hope to be shed upon your soul?
for a closer walk with God? then live much in prayer. Do
you desire to feel the holy flame of love burning in all its
intensity in your soul? then enkindle it often at the golden
altar of prayer. Without prayer, the inner being will weaken,
famish, and die; the fountain of love dry up; the spring of
joy cease to flow; the dews will fail to descend; and your
heart will become a parched and dreary desert waste.
Look upon the character of Jesus. Behold his
lowliness, his meekness, gentleness, and tender
compassion. Have they any beauty? and would you love to
have them grace your own soul? then draw them down from the
skies in all their glorious fulness by the fervent prayer of
faith. As through the process of assimilation food is
transformed into an active, living being; so through the
medium of prayer the character of Jesus in all its
transcendent beauty and glory becomes the character of man.
If you desire victory during the day, begin it with
prayer. Not a few hurried words, but minutes of deep,
intimate communion with God. Linger at the sacred altar
of prayer until you feel particles of glory drop in richness
into your soul, scattering sweetness throughout the whole and
relating you to the world above. In the early morning
hour, when the still, balmy breath of nature plays around, let
your soul fly away on the wings of prayer with its message of
love amid praise to its Maker. Jesus went out a great
while before day to hold communion with God. There is no
time better suited for prayer. The world is hushed in
slumber. There is less sin being committed, and if the
world ever is innocent, it is in the early morning time.
We thus get an advantage of the devil and have sweet converse
with God before the devil is aware.
If you desire to be more deeply and sincerely
pious, seek it in prayer. If you desire heights in God’s
love, depths in his grace, fulness in his joy, richness in his
glory, seek it in prayer. Did you say you had not time
for prayer? What a pity! Your happiness and
usefulness in life depend upon it; your eternal welfare
depends upon it---then, oh, what a pity you have no time
for it! But you must find time. You cannot
afford to listen to Satan; there is too much at stake.
This is an excuse that many allow Satan to make for them. Time
for rest, time for eating, time for sleeping, time for
friends, time for books; but no time for prayer. This is
a device of Satan to rob souls of the love of God. You
must not give him such an advantage of you.
for your spiritual welfare I beseech you in Jesus’ name, live
much in prayer. Go often into your closet, and then,
with the loins of your mind girded up, in all earnestness of
soul pray until the love of God and the light of heaven fills
your being. Satan will try to make you listless and
indifferent; he will try to make your thoughts to wander; he
will tell you of many other things that need to be done that
very moment; and many other things will he tell you to deprive
you of the blessings of prayer. But you must resist him
and go the more earnestly in prayer; and continue to pray
until a rapture from the skies sweeps over your soul, making
the place of prayer the dearest spot on earth to you.
When the shades of night come softly stealing,
Softly stealing o’er the window sill;
When the busy
day is slowly ending,
Slowly ending peacefully and
Christian, with thy heart adoring Heaven,
Sweetest glories falling from above,
Go to God in
secret, silent pleading,
Tell to him the wondrous tale of
When the morning light is gently dawning,
dawning in the eastern sky;
When the darkness fast away is
Duties of the day are drawing nigh,---
before the sacred, hallowed altar,
Christian, bow before
thy God in fervent prayer,
Giving thanks to him for life’s
For the day imploring his kind care.
To be overcome to-day makes to-morrow’s battles
If you would be a better Christian to-morrow, live
your very best to-day.
Like as the warming rays of the
autumn’s sun melt the early frost, so the warmth of Christian
love in our hearts will melt the coldness in the
hearts of sinful men.
Begin the day
with prayer: it will fortify you against the tempter’s power.
The result of neglecting prayer is to be tossed furiously
about upon the billows of temptation.
Time is of too great worth to waste one precious
moment. An hour lost is that much of life lost.
For all the time spent in idleness, you had just as well not
have lived at all. By rightly using each moment you will
build up a character that will stand a monument upon the tomb
of the dead past. Moments misspent are life and
character gone, and no imprint is left on the hearts of men to
tell that we have lived. How many golden moments are
flying away into eternity unladen with any fruit from your
life? Learn to value time. Redeem it because these
days are evil. Seize upon each passing moment, and send
it up to the glorious Author of time laden with golden
Jonah and the Teacher
girl was talking to her teacher about whales and how she
had heard in Sunday School about how a whale had
said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow
a human because even though it was a very large mammal
its throat was very small.
girl remained steadfast in her position and reiterated
that indeed, a whale had swallowed
the teacher again stated that a whale could not swallow
a human; it was physically
girl said, "I'm not sure how it happened, but when I get
to heaven I will ask Jonah."
replied smugly, "What if Jonah isn't in
little girl replied, "Then you ask
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups sliced fresh/frozen
Mix together oatmeal, flour and
brown sugar. Add nuts. Cut in butter or margarine until
crumbly. In another bowl, mix strawberries and white
Grease an 8-in. square pan.
Spread half the crumb mixture on bottom. Cover with
strawberries. Spread remaining crumb mixture over top.
Bake in 350ºF. oven for 45 minutes.
or cold with whipped cream or topping.
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