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Saturday, May 26, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Think As Jesus Taught"

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May 26, 2012


THINK AS JESUS TAUGHT

Pray without ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:17
http://www.BibleStudyTools.com/search/?query=1th+5:17&sr=1

We think rightly or wrongly about prayer according to the conception
we have in our minds of prayer. If we think of prayer as the breath
in our lungs and the blood from our hearts, we think rightly. The
blood flows ceaselessly, and breathing continues ceaselessly; we are
not conscious of it, but it is always going on. We are not always
conscious of Jesus keeping us in perfect joint with God, but if we
are obeying Him, He always is. Prayer is not an exercise, it is the
life. Beware of anything that stops [spontaneous] prayer. "Pray
without ceasing," keep the childlike habit of [spontanesous] prayer
in your heart to God all the time.

Jesus never mentioned unanswered prayer, He had the boundless
certainty that prayer is always answered. Have we by the Spirit the
unspeakable certainty that Jesus had about prayer, or do we think of
the times when God does not seem to have answered prayer? "Every one
that asketh receiveth." We say - "But..., but . . ." God answers
prayer in the best way, not sometimes, but every time, although the
immediate manifestation of the answer in the domain in which we want
it may not always follow. Do we expect God to answer prayer?

The danger with us is that we want to water down the things that
Jesus says and make them mean something in accordance with common
sense; if it were only common sense, it was not worth while for Him
to say it. The things Jesus says about prayer are supernatural
revelations.

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