A group of guerrilla soldiers during the civil war of the sixties in the ex-Belgian Congo, beat and kicked Helen Roseveare. She felt terribly alone. Couldn't God have stepped in and protected her? Didn't He care? She was almost sick with fear and apprehension.
After years on the mission field, Jonathan Goforth visited his prayer partner in London, telling her of the great revival movements he had experienced in China. She invited him to look at her prayer diary.
Samuel Chadwick said, "The only thing in the world God has ever asked a man to do is to trust Him." I like to remember those words when I'm seeking to know Him in a difficult or a perplexing moment. God is saying, "Trust me to give you the mind of Christ, the right attitude, the appropriate words. I am your wisdom. Believe that I continually provide all you need."
George Mueller's friends said he would not voice a petition without a "word from God" to back that petition. In fact, Mueller never started petitioning until after he had spent time in God's Word. He then prayed with an open Bible and filled his petitions with God's promises. In George Mueller's lifetime, God gave him not only over a million sterling pounds, but also, Mueller believed, more than thirty thousand souls in answer to prayer.
The suffering Jesus endured in the Garden of Gethsemane is impossible for us to fathom. It may have been more than a human could endure. Hebrews 5:7 indicates that at some point Jesus prayed to be spared from death, and His prayer was answered: "During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.What premature death could this verse refer to?
Simon had a dinner in honor of Jesus. He had plenty of food for all the guests, but he had forgotten the one thing Jesus wanted more than all else. Christ wanted the worship of Simon's spirit--not simply his service.
In The Lost Art of Disciple Making, Leroy Eims told of a missionary who noticed that the churches that were miles away from the city in which he lived seemed to be more dedicated, active, and growing than the church he ministered in regularly.
A couple weeks ago I was wondering if I should continue a certain fast I've done for years. I prayed and thought about it questioning its important. Then I read in the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus promised a reward for fasting. Those words renewed my desire. I know His reward will be of much greater value than what I give up.