Quiet Talks on Prayer eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 197 pages of information about Quiet Talks on Prayer.

Every incident and occurrence of these pages becomes a mirror held up to God’s face that we may see how wondrous He is.

    “Upon Thy Word I rest
      Each pilgrim day. 
    This golden staff is best
      For all the way. 
    What Jesus Christ hath spoken,
      Cannot be broken!

    “Upon Thy Word I rest;
      So strong, so sure,
    So full of comfort blest,
      So sweet, so pure: 
    The charter of salvation: 
      Faith’s broad foundation.

    “Upon Thy Word I stand: 
      That cannot die. 
    Christ seals it in my hand. 
      He cannot lie. 
    Thy Word that faileth never: 
      Abiding ever."[38]

Something about God’s Will in Connection With Prayer

He Came to His Own.

The purpose of prayer is to get God’s will done.  What a stranger God is in His own world!  Nobody is so much slandered as He.  He comes to His own, and they keep Him standing outside the door, like a pilgrim of the night, staff in hand, while they peer suspiciously at Him through the crack of the hinges.

Some of us shrink back from making a full surrender of life to God.  And if the real reason were known it would be found to be that we are afraid of God.  We fear He will put something bitter in the cup, or some rough thing in the road.  And without doubt the reason we are afraid of God is because we do not know God.  The great prayer of Jesus’ heart that night with the eleven was, “that they may know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou didst send.”

To understand God’s will we must understand something of His character, Himself.  There are five common every-day words I want to bring you to suggest something of who God is.  They are familiar words, in constant use.  The first is the word father.  “Father” stands for strength, loving strength.  A father plans, and provides for, and protects his loved ones.  All fathers are not good.  How man can extract the meaning out of a fine word, and use the word without its meaning.  If you will think of the finest father ever you knew that anybody ever had; think of him now.  Then remember this, God is a father, only He is so much finer a father than the finest father you ever knew of.  And His will for your life—­I am not talking about heaven, and our souls just now, that is in it too—­His will for your life down here these days is a father’s will for the one most dearly loved.

The second word is a finer word.  Because woman is finer than man, and was made, and meant to be, this second word is finer than the first.  I mean the word mother.  If father stands for strength, mother stands for love,—­great, patient, tender, fine-fibred, enduring love.  What would she not do for her loved one!  Why, not unlikely she went down into the valley of the shadow that that life might come; and did it gladly with the love-light shining out of her eyes.  Yes, and would do it again, that the life may remain if need be.  That is a mother.  You think of the finest mother ever you knew.  And the suggestion brings the most hallowed memories to my own heart.  Then remember this:  God is a mother, only He is so much finer a mother than the finest mother you ever knew.

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