JANUARY 16

 

Instant in prayer—Rom. 12: 12.

 

What a blessed privilege, dear fellow-disciples of the Lord, is ours, to be instant in prayer, to pray always—to lift up our hearts and minds to God at any time and in any place and to realize thus daily and hourly that the Father and our dear Lord Jesus continually abide with us. And then, when the active duties of the day have been performed under His eye and supervision, or at any time when the soul realizes its necessity, how precious is the privilege of entering into our closets and there, alone with God, unburdening our hearts.

 

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Prayer is communion on the part of man with God. God, unlike human beings, is never wearied with believers who come to Him. Therefore such always have access to Him in prayer in Jesus' name. How gratefully, therefore, should we always appreciate and use this privilege! It will uplift us and gain for us blessings otherwise unobtainable. These blessings will be of a twofold kind: those coming from our exercising the prayer spirit (i.e., the reflex effect of prayer) and the answered gifts.

 

Parallel passages: Luke 18: 1-8; 1Thes. 5: 17; Col. 4: 2; Eph. 6: 18, 19; Acts 12: 5;  2: 42; Psa. 27: 8; 145: 18; Prov. 15: 8; Isa. 55: 6; Matt. 6: 5-15; 7: 7, 8; 1Tim. 2: 8; Jas. 5: 16; Jude 20.

 

Hymns: 274, 35, 69, 115, 219, 239, 323.

Poems of Dawn, 30: To Jesus Always.

Tower Reading: Z '15, 182 (R 5707).

 

Questions: Was I instant in prayer this week? Why? How? Where?

 

TO JESUS ALWAYS

 

I ALWAYS go to Jesus,

When troubled or distressed;

I always find a refuge

When I with Him can rest.

I tell Him all my trials,

I tell Him all my grief;

And while my lips are speaking

He gives my heart relief.

 

When full of dread forebodings,

And flowing o'er with tears,

He calms away my sorrows,

And hushes all my fears.

He comprehends my weakness,

The peril I am in,

 And He supplies the armor

I need to vanquish sin.

 

When those are cold and faithless,

Who once were fond and true,

With careless hearts forsaking

The old friends for the new,

I turn to Him whose friendship

Knows neither change nor end:

I always find in Jesus

An ever faithful Friend.

 

I always go to Jesus;

No matter when or where

I seek His gracious presence,

I'm sure to find Him there.

In times of joy or sorrow,

Whate'er my need may be,

I always go to Jesus,

And Jesus comforts me.

 

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