Friday, May 20, 2011

Living in the Perfect Will of God

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"If there is one possible way to do the perfect will of God, it is through submitting ourselves in prevailing prayer to God like JESUS did in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-42). This kind of prayer JESUS was able to do at the critical point of decision between doing His own will or God's perfect will, because of habitually praying alone the same kind of prayer all through his past life (Luke 9:18; 5:16; Matt 14:23; Mark 6:46; John 6:15). All the great Spiritual Strength we can exhibit in our life, is solely dependant on one thing Prayer! Prayer! Prayer!" - Abraham Israel

"Prayer is an effort of will." ~ Oswald Chambers

Read the following poem by William W. Walford which is sung as the all time favorite song in our Churches,

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
The joys I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn
With strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
Where God my Savior shows His face,
And gladly take my station there,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight.
This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise
To seize the everlasting prize,
And shout, while passing through the air,
“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”

We are ready to give farewell to our sweet hours of prayer only when we drop our robe of flesh and rise up to meet the Lord face to face. Until then saints, remember the Lord who sees your prayer done privately alone in your closet, will reward you openly before all men publicly. When you do prevailing prayer privately, remember to encourage yourself saying, 'Hey, you are on the way to be always in the perfect will of God!'

Blessings of the †,

Abraham Israel

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