Thursday, 2 January 2014

Need A Motto for the New Year?


“Continue in prayer.” (Colossians 4:2)

Today I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine. He and I go way back.

He is very well known, and somewhere along his lifetime, he earned the nickname, "The Prince of Preachers." Please join me in welcoming guest blogger, Charles Spurgeon to Rethinking Faith and Church. 

Charles has, what I think to be, a timely and relevant New Year's thought that I'm sure he would have wanted shared with our generation, just as much as he shared it with his own. He goes so far as to call it a "motto" for the New Year. Personally, I think it's a great motto. Maybe it's even one that you and I should adopt as our own, assuming that we haven't already.

And without further adieu, here's Charlie:
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It is interesting to remark how large a portion of Sacred Writ is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We scarcely open the Bible before we read, “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord;” and just as we are about to close the volume, the “Amen” of an earnest supplication meets our ear. Instances are plentiful. Here we find a wrestling Jacob – there a Daniel who prayed three times a day – and a David who with all of his heart called upon his God. On the mountain we see Elias; in the dungeon Paul and Silas. We have multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises. What does this teach us, but the sacred importance and necessity of prayer? We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in his Word, he intended to be conspicuous in our lives. If he has said much about prayer, it is because he knows we have much need of it. So deep are our necessities, that until we are in heaven we must not cease to pray. Dost thou want nothing? Then, I fear thou dost not know thy poverty. Hast thou no mercy to ask of God? Then, may the Lord’s mercy show thee thy misery! A prayerless soul is a Christless soul. Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honor of a Christian. If thou be a child of God, thou wilt seek thy Father’s face, and live in thy Father’s love. Pray that this year thou mayst be holy, humble, zealous, and patient; have closer communion with Christ, and enter oftener into the banqueting-house of his love. Pray that thou mayst be an example and a blessing unto others, and that thou mayst live more to the glory of thy Master. The motto for this year must be, “Continue in prayer.”

Devotional Source: http://www.amazon.com/Morning-The-Devotions-Charles-Spurgeon/dp/0310329310
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