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Cannons at the Gate

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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“If our prayers had less of the tail feathers of pride and more wing, they would be all the better.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Prayers don’t need to be long, but they do need to be fervent. Charles Spurgeon agrees wholeheartedly, not only in today’s quote, but also in today’s text…

"Fervent prayer," says an old divine, "like a cannon planted at the gates of heaven, makes them fly open." The common fault with most of us is our readiness to yield to distractions. Our thoughts go roving here and there, and we make little progress toward our desired end. Like quicksilver our mind will not hold together but rolls off this way and that. How great an evil this is! It injures us, and what is worse, it insults our God. What should we think of a petitioner if, while having an audience with a prince, he should be playing with a feather or catching a fly?

Continuance and perseverance are intended in the expression of our text. David did not cry once and then relapse into silence; his holy clamor was continued till it brought down the blessing. Prayer must not be our intermittent work but our daily business, our habit and vocation. As artists give themselves to their models, and poets to their classical pursuits, so must we addict ourselves to prayer. We must be immersed in prayer as in our element, and so pray without ceasing. Lord, teach us so to pray, that we may be more and more efficacious in supplication.

I am guilty as charged when it comes to being easily distracted during prayer. I also tend to rush my morning quiet time with the Lord because I get caught up in the “rat race”. So much to do and so little time to do it in.

On the contrary, the more pressing his duties, the more time Martin Luther spent on his knees. Here is how the leader of the Protestant Reformation put it…

“Pray, and let God worry. To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”

Well said, brother… very well said.

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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