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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - October 11, 2015

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> "Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens."
> Lamentations 3:41
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> The act of prayer teaches us our unworthiness, which is a very salutary lesson for
such proud beings as we are. If God gave us favours without constraining us to
pray for them we should never know how poor we are, but a true prayer is an
inventory of wants, a catalogue of necessities, a revelation of hidden poverty.
While it is an application to divine wealth, it is a confession of human
emptiness.

The most healthy state of a Christian is to be always empty in self and
constantly depending upon the Lord for supplies; to be always poor in self and
rich in Jesus; weak as water personally, but mighty through God to do great
exploits; and hence the use of prayer, because, while it adores God, it lays the
creature where it should be, in the very dust. Prayer is in itself, apart from the
answer which it brings, a great benefit to the Christian. As the runner gains
strength for the race by daily exercise, so for the great race of life we acquire
energy by the hallowed labour of prayer. Prayer plumes the wings of God's young
eaglets, that they may learn to mount above the clouds. Prayer girds the loins of
God's warriors, and sends them forth to combat with their sinews braced and their
muscles firm.

An earnest pleader cometh out of his closet, even as the sun ariseth
from the chambers of the east, rejoicing like a strong man to run his race. Prayer
is that uplifted hand of Moses which routs the Amalekites more than the sword of
Joshua; it is the arrow shot from the chamber of the prophet foreboding defeat to
the Syrians. Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly
into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not
what prayer cannot do! We thank thee, great God, for the mercy-seat, a choice
proof of thy marvellous lovingkindness. Help us to use it aright throughout this
day!
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> Evening
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> "Whom he did predestinate, them he also called."
> Romans 8:30
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> In the second epistle to Timothy, first chapter, and ninth verse, are these
words--"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling." Now, here is a
touchstone by which we may try our calling. It is "an holy calling, not according
to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace." This calling forbids
all trust in our own doings, and conducts us to Christ alone for salvation, but it
afterwards purges us from dead works to serve the living and true God. As he that
hath called you is holy, so must you be holy. If you are living in sin, you are
not called, but if you are truly Christ's, you can say, "Nothing pains me so much
as sin; I desire to be rid of it; Lord, help me to be holy."

Is this the panting
of thy heart? Is this the tenor of thy life towards God, and his divine will?
Again, in Philippians, 3:13, 14, we are told of "The high calling of God in Christ
Jesus." Is then your calling a high calling? Has it ennobled your heart, and set
it upon heavenly things? Has it elevated your hopes, your tastes, your desires?
Has it upraised the constant tenor of your life, so that you spend it with God and
for God? Another test we find in Hebrews 3:1--"Partakers of the heavenly calling."
Heavenly calling means a call from heaven. If man alone call thee, thou art
uncalled.

Is thy calling of God? Is it a call to heaven as well as from heaven?
Unless thou art a stranger here, and heaven thy home, thou hast not been called
with a heavenly calling; for those who have been so called, declare that they look
for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God, and they
themselves are strangers and pilgrims upon the earth. Is thy calling thus holy,
high, heavenly? Then, beloved, thou hast been called of God, for such is the
calling wherewith God doth call his people.
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