December 28, 2017

Psalm 145:18

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.

God Comes Near With Unique Blessings As We Pray.

The study of God's word reveals God's majestic personal 
characteristics: greatness, majesty, power, goodness, righteousness, grace, 
compassion, loving, glory, splendor, faithfulness, presence, giving, saving, 
holy. His character leads us to praise. [Disciple SB mod] 

We might name it, "Praising God from A through Z," as each 
letter brings to mind a different reason to praise the LORD. [The 
365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

If we keep the Lord ever before us, allowing our hearts to go 
out in thanksgiving and praise to Him, we shall have a continual 
freshness in our religious life. Our prayers will take the form of a 
conversation with God as we would talk with a friend. He will speak His 
mysteries to us personally. Often there will come to us a sweet, joyful 
sense of the presence of Jesus. {FLB 225.7} 

Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual 
power. No other means of grace can be substituted, and the health of 
the soul be preserved. Prayer brings the heart into immediate 
contact with the Well-spring of life, and strengthens the sinew and 
muscle of the religious experience. Neglect the exercise of prayer, or 
engage in prayer spasmodically, now and then, as seems convenient, and 
you lose your hold on God. The spiritual faculties lose their 
vitality, the religious experience lacks health and vigor.  {GW 254.4} 

Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)  'Call to me and I will answer you and tell 
you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'  

God is ready to answer our prayers, but we must ask for his 
assistance. Surely God could take care of our needs without our asking. But 
when we ask, we are acknowledging that he alone is God and that we 
cannot accomplish in our own strength all that is his domain to do. 
When we ask, we must humble ourselves, lay aside our willfulness and 
worry, and determine to obey him. [Life Application SB] 

Now, there are reserved and special things in Christian 
experience: all the developments of spiritual life are not alike easy of 
attainment. There are the common frames and feelings of repentance, and 
faith, and joy, and hope, which are enjoyed by the entire family; but 
there is an upper realm of rapture, of communion, and conscious union 
with Christ, which is far from being the common dwelling-place of 
believers. We have not all the high privilege of John, to lean upon Jesus' 
bosom; nor of Paul, to be caught up into the third heaven. There are 
heights in experimental knowledge of the things of God which the eagle's 
eye of acumen and philosophic thought hath never seen: God alone can 
bear us there; but the chariot in which he takes us up, and the fiery 
steeds with which that chariot is dragged, are prevailing prayers. 
Prevailing prayer is victorious over the God of mercy, "By his strength he 
had power with God: yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: 
he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Beth-el, 
and there he spake with us." Prevailing prayer takes the Christian 
to Carmel, and enables him to cover heaven with clouds of blessing, 
and earth with floods of mercy. Prevailing prayer bears the 
Christian aloft to Pisgah, and shows him the inheritance reserved; it 
elevates us to Tabor and transfigures us, till in the likeness of his 
Lord, as he is, so are we also in this world. If you would reach to 
something higher than ordinary groveling experience, look to the Rock that 
is higher than you, and gaze with the eye of faith through the 
window of importunate prayer. When you open the window on your side, it 
will not be bolted on the other. [Morning and Evening by Charles H. 
Spurgeon]
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