Devotion taken from Streams In The Desert compiled Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
“And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which said to me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: Deliver me, I pray thee.” Genesis 32:9, 11
There are many healthy symptoms in that prayer. In some respects it may serve as a mold into which our own spirits may pour themselves, when melted in the fiery furnace of sorrow.
He began by quoting God’s promise: “Thou saidst.” He did so twice (9 and 12). Ah, he has got God in his power then! God puts Himself within our reach in His promises; and when we can say to Him, “Thou saidst,” He cannot say nay. He must do as He has said. If Herod was so particular for his oath’s sake, what will not our God be? Be sure in prayer, to get you feet well on a promise; it will give you purchase enough to force open the gates of Heaven, and to take it by force. ~ Practical Portions for the Prayer-Life.
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Jesus desires that we shall be definite in our requests, and that we shall ask for some special thing. “What shall I do unto you?” is the question that He asks of every one who in affliction and trial comes to Him. Make your requests with definite earnestness if you would have definite answers. Be definite in your petition. Fill out your check for something definite, and it will be cashed at the bank of heaven when presented in Jesus’ name. Dare to be definite with God. ~ Selected
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Miss Havergal has said: “Every year, I might almost say every day, that I live, I seem to see more clearly how all the rest and gladness and power of our Christian life hinges on one thing; and that is, taking God at His Word, believing that He really means exactly what He says, and accepting the very words in which He reveals His goodness and grace, without substituting others or altering the precise modes and tenses which He has seen fit to use.” Bring Christ’s Word–Christ’s promise, and Christ’s sacrifice–His blood, with you, and not one of Heaven’s blessings can be denied you. ~ Adam Clarke
And Father, when we can’t find the words to say we know that Jesus our Intercessor is praying for us; that the Holy Spirit conveys our hearts’ deepest longings in words that escape us. We entrust all of ourselves to You, dear Lord. Thank you for your great love and compassion! In Jesus’ name, Amen.