EPHESIANS. 6:18. Praying always. JAMES 5:16. Pray for 1 another. - Graybeard Outdoors
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Default EPHESIANS. 6:18. Praying always. JAMES 5:16. Pray for 1 another.

Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - February 06, 2017

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> Today's Reading
> Morning
> "Praying always."
> Ephesians 6:18
> What multitudes of prayers we have put up from the first moment when we learned topray. Our first prayer was a prayer for ourselves; we asked that God would havemercy upon us, and blot out our sin. He heard us. But when he had blotted out oursins like a cloud, then we had more prayers for ourselves. We have had to pray forsanctifying grace, for constraining and restraining grace; we have been led tocrave for a fresh assurance of faith, for the comfortable application of thepromise, for deliverance in the hour of temptation, for help in the time of duty,and for succour in the day of trial. We have been compelled to go to God for oursouls, as constant beggars asking for everything. Bear witness, children of God,you have never been able to get anything for your souls elsewhere.

All the breadyour soul has eaten has come down from heaven, and all the water of which it hasdrank has flowed from the living rock--Christ Jesus the Lord.
Your soul has nevergrown rich in itself; it has always been a pensioner upon the daily bounty of God;and hence your prayers have ascended to heaven for a range of spiritual merciesall but infinite. Your wants were innumerable, and therefore the supplies havebeen infinitely great, and your prayers have been as varied as the mercies havebeen countless. Then have you not cause to say, "I love the Lord, because he hathheard the voice of my supplication"? For as your prayers have been many, so alsohave been God's answers to them. He has heard you in the day of trouble, hasstrengthened you, and helped you, even when you dishonoured him by trembling anddoubting at the mercy-seat. Remember this, and let it fill your heart withgratitude to God, who has thus graciously heard your poor weak prayers. "Bless theLord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits."
> Evening
> "Pray one for another."
> James 5:16
> As an encouragement cheerfully to offer intercessory prayer, remember that suchprayer is the sweetest God ever hears, for the prayer of Christ is of thischaracter. In all the incense which our Great High Priest now puts into the goldencenser, there is not a single grain for himself. His intercession must be the mostacceptable of all supplications--and the more like our prayer is to Christ's, thesweeter it will be; thus while petitions for ourselves will be accepted, ourpleadings for others, having in them more of the fruits of the Spirit, more love,more faith, more brotherly kindness, will be, through the precious merits ofJesus, the sweetest oblation that we can offer to God, the very fat of oursacrifice. Remember, again, that intercessory prayer is exceedingly prevalent.

What wonders it has wrought! The Word of God teems with its marvellous deeds.Believer, thou hast a mighty engine in thy hand, use it well, use it constantly,use it with faith, and thou shalt surely be a benefactor to thy brethren. Whenthou hast the King's ear, speak to him for the suffering members of his body. Whenthou art favoured to draw very near to his throne, and the King saith to thee,"Ask, and I will give thee what thou wilt," let thy petitions be, not for thyselfalone, but for the many who need his aid. If thou hast grace at all, and art notan intercessor, that grace must be small as a grain of mustard seed. Thou hastjust enough grace to float thy soul clear from the quicksand, but thou hast nodeep floods of grace, or else thou wouldst carry in thy joyous bark a weightycargo of the wants of others, and thou wouldst bring back from thy Lord, for them,rich blessings which but for thee they might not have obtained:--
> "Oh, let my hands forget their skill,
> My tongue be silent, cold, and still,
> This bounding heart forget to beat,
> If I forget the mercy-seat!"
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