DRAW NEAR TO GOD
6th Cross, Kaggadasapura Main Road,
The Praise of Christ’s Glory on the Earth
Prayer for God's Blessing 21
PART 1: SCOPE OF THE BOOK
1. Introduction 25
1.1 The Purpose of the Written Prayers 27
1.2 The Goal of this Book 28
1.3 How to use this Book 29
1.3.1 A Daily Routine 29
1.3.2 AWeekily Routine 29
1.3.3 Yearly Schedule 29
1.4 The Preaching 30
1.5 A Caution 30
1.6 The Conviction about the Prayer 31
1.7 Our Lord's Message 32
1.8 The Author's Desire 33
1.9 Praying in the Spirit 33
1.9.1 A Prayer for the help of the Holy Spirit 34
PART II: THE CONFESSIONS AND THANKSGIVING
2. TheDevelopmentoftheInwardLife 39
2.1 Introduction 39
2.2 The Bible on the Believer's Repentance 40
2.3 The Remission for the Sins 41
2.3.1 The Blood of Jesus and the Forgiveness 43
2.3.2 A Prayer for the Forgiveness of Daily Sins 44
2.3.3 A Prayer of Repentance 45
2.4 The death of Sin by the Holy Spirit 48
2.4.1 A Prayer for the Mortification of the Flesh 50
2.5 The Leading of the Holy Spirit 55
2.5.1 A Prayer for the Leading of the Holy Spirit 56
2.6 Thanksgiving 60
2.7 Daily Work 61
2.8 The Healing 63
PART III: PERSONAL PRAYERS
3. The First Love for Christ 67
3.1. Introduction 67
3.2 The Christ's Voice 67
3.3 A Prayer for the First Love for Christ 68
4. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit 71
4.1 Introduction 71
4.2 The Holy Spirit's Desire 71
4.3 A Prayer for the Mind and the Heart 72
5. TheAnointing 86
5.1 Introduction 86
5.2 The Bible on the Anointing 87
5.3 A Prayer for the Anointing 88
6. AnApproachtotheBible 92
6.1 Introduction 92
6.2 God's Way of the Revelation 92
6.3 A Prayer for the Study of the Bible 93
7. TheLord'sSupper 97
7.1 Introduction 97
7.2 The Observance of the Lord's Supper 98
7.3 A Prayer for the Participation 98
8. AnEveningPrayer 105
8.1 Introduction 105
8.2 A Prayer for the Night 105
PART IV: THE PROGRESS IN CHRISTIAN LIFE
9. AFriendlyConversation 111
9.1 Introduction 111
9.2 The Bible on the Communion with God 113
9.3 A Prayer for the Dialogue 113
10. The Discouragements 115
10.1 Introduction 115
10.2 The Bible on the Discouragements 115
10.3 A Prayer for the Courage 117
11. TheTemptations 119
11.1 Introduction 119
11.2 The Scripture's Wisdom 120
11.3 A Prayer for the Protection 121
12. TheHabitutalDelightinGod 124
12.1 Introduction 124
12.2 The Bible on Delighting in the Lord 125
12.3 A Prayer for Delighting in the Lord 125
13. TheGoodWorks 128
13.1 Introduction 128
13.2 The Bible on the Purposes of Usefulness 128
13.3 A Prayer for the Empowerment 129
13.4 The Whole Armour of God 130
13.5 The Authorities 131
14. TheCommitmenttotheGospel 133
14.1 Introduction 133
14.2 Contending for the Gospel 133
14.3 Prayer 134
14.3.1 Living out the Gospel 134
14.3.2 A Peaceful Approach to Christ 135
PART V: THE PROBLEMS OF CHRISTIAN LIFE
15. The Backsliding 143
15.1 Introduction 143
15.2 God's Voice on the Spiritual Decay 144
15.3 Prayer 145
15.3.1 Rise 145
15.3.2 Shine 146
15.3.3 Never Look Back 146
15.3.4 Don't Give up 148
15.4 Lord Jesus has a Word for you 149
15.5 Bless Yourself 149
15.6 A Prayer of Surrender 150
16. The Deliberate Sin 151
16.1 Introduction 151
16.2 The Holy Men on the Deliberate Sin 152
16.3 Prayer 153
16.3.1 Confession 154
16.3.2 God has seen it all 155
16.3.3 Restore me 156
16.3.4 The Favour of God 157
17. TheHidingofGod'sFace 160
17.1 Introduction 160
17.2 God's Voice on the Hiding of God's Face 161
17.3 Prayer 164
17.3.1 Expressing inner self 164
17.3.2 Seeking God's Mercy 165
17.3.3 Urging for God's Face 166
18. TheHeavyAffliction 168
18.1 Introduction 168
18.2 The Holy Scripture's Voice 169
18.3 Prayer 171
18.3.1 Inward Groaning 171
18.3.2 Make me understand 172
18.3.3 What is my lesson ? 173
PART VI: THE JUDGMENT AND THE DEATH
19. TheJudgmentandtheDeath 177
19.1 Introduction 177
19.2 The Holy Men's Voice 178
19.3 A Prayer for Honouring God 179
PART VII: THE WORLD EVENGELISATION
20. Jesus’Method 185
20.1 Introduction 185
20.2 The Holy Word on Jesus’ Method 186
20.3 Prayer 187
20.3.1 Make me a Labourer 187
20.3.2 Make me fish men 189
20.3.3 Manifest Apostle's Time 191
21. The Rebellion against the Gospel 194
21.1 Introduction 194
21.2 The Voice of God on the Rebellion 194
21.3 Prayer 196
21.3.1 Destroy the Rebellion 196
21.3.2 Rise Mighty Force 198
21.3.3 Lord, Show us Mercy 200
22. TheEncouragementfromtheLORD 203
PART VIII: CONCLUSION 207
For about three years by the grace of God we resorted to
pray as a family. Meanwhile Pasupuleti Ravi and Neetha
from Vishakhapatnam (INDIA) opened their efforts to
conduct small meetings with a few people, during which
time God led us to discuss the power of the blood of Christ
and the indwelling work of the Holy Spirit. Many believers
were edified. We have discussed the matters of our struggle
in our meetings. I thank God for these dear ones for providing
a forum and spending lot of time and money. These efforts
culminated in releasing my first booklet titled "Lord teach
us to pray". Then God burdened me to write more elaborately
on prayer, having realized that prayer is the breath of inner
The first draft was sent to Dr. K.Subha Kumar, who is
fondly called "Kumpaty" in US holding a very high profile
at the University, Milwaukee School Of Engineering located
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (north of Chicago). He reviewed
and offered his valuable comments.
I thank God for providing Dr.Kumpaty for the expansion
of His Kingdom. He has contributed quite a lot to bring this
book to a lovable shape. His effort in inserting appropriate
"hymns" and correcting theological aberrations is praise-
worthy. The whole book is adorned by his literary expertise.
I shall not forget the prayerful encouragement of my
wife, Satya, who obtained a good audience with God. Her
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prayer life transformed me to love prayer above all. She
speaks more confidently about Lord Jesus. My sons,
Jonathan and Jabez, though they had some setbacks, are
rising in the arms of faith by prayer.
I would like to thank Jessy, Ramesh, Dr. Anand Raj and
Satish, who reviewed the manuscript before it could be
published. Bro.Ramesh took initiative and designed the
cover. May the living Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ consider
this humble publication as a small supporting help to the
work of the Holy Spirit all over the world, and bless it
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In the 1959 publication by Bethany House Publishers, "Why
Revival Tarries?" the author, Leonard Ravenhill wrote, "No
man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not
praying is playing; the people who are not praying are
straying… We have many organizers, but few agonizers;
many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few
clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears;
much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few
intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here,
we fail everywhere." Thankfully, the Bible provides us good
examples of the agonizers, wrestlers, passionate intercessors
and fighters that Mr. Ravenhill called for. Samuel stated,
"far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by
ceasing to pray" and Paul gave a testimony that Epaphras
was always laboring earnestly in his prayers. Samuel prayed
and Epaphras, for the church at Colosse.2
are many such wrestlers in the Scripture we can learn from.
I read through the Bible afresh with my local church in
2012. What I learnt to my reluctant surprise was that prayer
is most essential in a believer's life. Moses by insisting on
seeing the face and glory of God learned the character of
God firsthand that He is gracious, compassionate and
forgiving. And many such as David, Joel, Jonah and Micah
referred to this character of God in their writings. Hannah's
prayer life rubbed on Samuel. Solomon asked for wisdom
and got that and more. Daniel put God's Word and Prayer
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together in Daniel 9. Nehemiah faxed his prayer while being in
the king's court and received the utterance.And Jesus prayed
alone under unusual circumstances when he could have used a
. He prayed a prayer of surrender at Gethsemane and
He prayed a High Priestly Prayer that included us before He
that we need not only bread but also breath to live. Both the
Word and Prayer go hand in hand in a healthy spiritual walk.
Only then God becomes real and we sense His government of
Theoretically, we agree on the importance of prayer. For
Corrie ten Boom's question, "Is prayer your steering wheel
or your spare tire?" many of us will sadly answer that prayer
has been relegated to the spare tire spot in our spiritual
journey. I am happy to say there is hope. My good friend
and classmate since junior college has penned from his heart,
enabled by the Lord, a classic that this generation is in utter
need of, something of a sort seen among the puritans or
reformers of old. This is a fresh breeze taking us back to the
sincere roots of christian faith and its practice. It is not meant
for a casual reader but it is for those who mean serious
business with God. It is to our own peril if we miss out on
the golden opportunity to be revived in our Christian walk
by inculcating these prayers in our personal life. Dr.
Ashirvadam has painstakingly provided the appropriate
prayers for our use with the Scriptural backing to go before
the Throne of Grace and find comfort and help in God's
Whether you need a jumpstart in dealing with being
fruitful to the Lord or in overcoming certain recurring
pathways that lead you to being unfaithful to the Lord, you
will have substantial help in these pages to address such
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impact the rest of your life providing you steps for faithfulness
When I read the author's words in this book, for example,
"I know that with You there is plenteous redemption. O God,
make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the
chaos of my life.", I am able to see the richness of God's
as well as the refreshing desire to receive that
redemption through a new genesis with the appropriate
imagery to ponder and absorb that transformation. In another
instance, there is a prayer citing the wretchedness of Laodicea
and aptly seeking pardon from the Lord. That is precisely
why I recommend this classic for your good use. It is my
prayer that it will enrich your walk with God and in turn,
influence your friends to the saving knowledge of Christ
through your outreach.
Let me end with the Scripture on safety of abiding in
High shall abide under the shadow of theAlmighty (Verse 1). I
My God, in Him I will trust." May this book help us to do verse
1 so we can confidently state verse 2 in our experience. May
our lives be saturated with both the offense of God'sWord and
and allows us to be in the center of God's will and purpose for
our lives.We are at the greatest and the highest upon our knees.
May this book help us to experience what Fanny Crosby
expressed in her hymn and draw us closer to Christ.
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O the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend
When I kneel in prayer and with Thee my God,
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord
To the cross where Thou hast died
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord
To Thy precious bleeding side.
Elkhorn, Wisconsin, US
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The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ has come into India
about 200 years ago through the faithful ministry of several
missionaries, such as William Carey, Panditha Ramabai and
many more. Many of us have believed in Jesus as the LORD
and Saviour as a result of their ministry.
ButAlas! The admonition given by the writer to the book
of Hebrews is true of us also. The Apostle cried out, "You
have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be
teaching others, but instead you have dropped back to the
place where you need someone to teach you all over again
the very first principles in God's Word. You are like babies
who can drink only milk, not old enough for solid food." 6
Thus, our witness to Lord Jesus has been very weak, and
probably we may have to confess as declared by the LORD,
"all day long My Name is constantly blasphemed." 7
no Christian would like this situation to continue.
We need to grow like Our Lord Jesus, who died for us.
Mere growth in "knowledge" and "activity" is a delusion.
Lord Jesus saved us freely by the death of His cross and has
put us in the position of obtaining the very life of Christ. He
desires that we should enter into this narrow gate.
The biggest trap of the Devil was to keep precious saved
souls in the delusion of activity and giving more emphasis
on studying than living the life in the power of prayer and of
the Holy Spirit.
The first priority of our Lord Jesus is prayer, as can be
seen from the Gospels. He took time to pray by Himself in
inspite of His hectic ministry schedule. He prayed in the
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of the book of Hebrews summarized the life of Lord Jesus as,
"During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers
and petitions with loud cries and tears."8
So, in this Book, an attempt is made to put the whole
gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in perspective. It is
understood from the Word of God that the full potential of
the gospel is unpacked to those who pray, and pray correctly,
with right emphasis and support in the expansion of the
Kingdom of God.
Many read and study the Holy Scriptures. But the fact
of the matter is that "the Word" must be incarnated into
"flesh". This is possible with the application of the blood of
Christ by the Holy Spirit, which alone helps us to get rid of
the body of sin. As we receive the life of Christ in this way,
it is marked with joy unspeakable and full of glory and the
same life shows up in witness to the work of Christ.
The key lies with the prayer life. The Bible itself is a
record of prayers. Ordering prayer life to its full enjoyment
unfolds the Holy Book in terms of the life of the Person of
All pray. But all do not get blessed. Only humble prayers
with the conviction of sin are honoured by God, when offered
through the blood of His beloved Son, Lord Jesus Christ in
the Spirit. Due to the power of the indwelt sin, we loose
confidence in approaching our beloved Lord Jesus with
dearness. By avoiding discussion of our indwelt sin, even if
we pray, we resort to formal attitude hiding actual problem,
which cannot obtain the ear of God. In fact, to our great
surprise, Lord Jesus likes to hear more about our sin from
us than anything else, because Christ is named as Jesus by
the Heavenly host. Matthew, the apostle, moved by the Holy
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Spirit, revealed the significance of the name of Jesus. He said
Apostle declared that the blood of Jesus, His Son cleanses us
from all sin. Therefore, let us reconcile our mind on this one
singular aspect and occupy ourselves more about getting rid of
power of sin in degrees. Then, blessings will follow without
The purpose of this book is to pray more about sin, with
the aim that the soul may be delivered from the power of sin
and enriched with the life of Christ. Let 90% of our prayer
time be spent in dealing with our sinful nature by our Lord
It is the purpose of our Lord Jesus to bring fullness of
God into His body by saving elect souls of all the Nations
through the blood-bought Children. Those who grow in the
life of Christ will seek naturally to bring reality of the
Kingdom of Christ into inner self and subsequently to this
The model of our Lord Jesus was to pray first and then
move in to the mission field. Day by day the world is growing
in opposition to the Gospel. But that should not or will not
deter a child of God who is obtaining the life of Christ
continuously. All depends on prayer life. Lord Jesus while
carrying the cross, turned to the women and said, "Daughters
of Jerusalem, don't cry for me. Cry for yourselves and for
Apostle James, the Lord's brother pointed
out, "The prayer of a person living right with God is
something powerful to be reckoned with" 11
Two points are note-worthy: One is praying for
ourselves, and the other is, for the right living. The Word of
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of our sufferings or trials. So, we need to pray more for our
sinful nature to bring it under control to live right with God.We
need not pester God for domestic blessings, as if He is is not
aware of our wants. Humble prayers, uncrowded worship and
God to our soul.
"Let us stop going over the same old ground again and
again, always teaching those first lessons about Christ. Let
us go on instead to other things and become mature in our
understanding, as strong Christians ought to be. Surely we
don't need to speak further about the foolishness of trying to
be saved by being good, or about the necessity of faith in God."12
Development of inner life by the life of Christ and
displaying it for the purpose of bringing the influence and
dominion of the Kingdom of God among the people of all
the Nations by being a witness to Christ through the Prayer
Life is the goal of this Book. So let us come boldly to the
very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and
to find grace to help us in our times of need.13
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PRAYER FOR GOD'S BLESSING
Almighty God, You have commanded me to carry Your
Gospel to "all the nations", to proclaim that Jesus is the only
God; that He alone can save a sinner. O Lord, since You
have revealed that the expansion of Your kingdom must be
done through apprehending Christ by an enjoyable prayer
life, I have humbly compiled prayers in this book for the
benefit of the Church, Your body.
Blessed Holy Spirit, the revealer of Christ, I beseech
You to let the Church be rejuvenated by these prayers. Create
in each member of the Church much hunger for the person
of Christ to delight in Him, so that You may deal with our
indwelt sin. Thus, the purified Church may be a witness to
the crucified Christ. By these prayers may the full potential
of the body of Christ, be awakened with the abundant life
that we may serve God acceptably. Thus, may we be admired
at the judgment seat of Christ, "Well done My servant, enter
into the joy of Your Master".
O Lord, pour out the spirit of prayer according to
Zechariah 12:10 upon Your Church. Lord, empower us to
pray ceaselessly to see the salvation of millions of souls.
Lord Jesus, since You are the same at all times stretch forth
Your mighty arm as in the days of the Apostles, on behalf of
our generation. Arise, O Lord God, put on Your strength
and subdue the enemy.
Be pleased, O Blessed Spirit of the Lord, to appoint every
child of God to preach the Gospel to the poor, to heal the
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broken-hearted and to announce that You are ready to give
blessings to all who call on You through Jesus Christ. Lord
Jesus, have mercy on me to fulfill Your mandate.
May the Lord God bless and protect us; May the Lord's
face radiate with joy because of us; May He be gracious to
us, show us His favour and give us His peace. In Jesus Mighty
Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold O'er my being Absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit Till all shall see,
(Adelaid Pollard, 1907)
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SCOPE OF THE BOOK
PART I: SCOPE OF THE BOOK
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!
(William Walford, a blind preacher 1845)
Lord Jesus commanded the apostles to wait in prayer for the
filling of the Holy Spirit before attempting an expansion of
the kingdom of God. They waited in prayer and in the fullness
of time the Pentecost had come and their tongues were
energized by the power of the Holy Spirit. Apostle Peter
became a fiery preacher, whose message of the crucified
Christ pricked the heart of onlookers. On seeing their faith,
Lord Jesus granted repentance and forgiveness. This became
the order of the day in the life time of the Apostles.
Lord Jesus said that we should ask for the Holy Spirit.
Many soul winners followed this instruction. They
emphasized the fact that we must obtain fresh anointing of
the Holy Spirit repeatedly to have a perceptible growth in
the life of Christ and subsequent witnessing to win souls.
Our Lord Jesus prayed for every born-again child in the
High Priestly Prayer saying, "I pray for those who are going to
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to witness effectively so that some would definitely be born-
again through each one's personal witness. Herein lies the true
satisfaction of all the children of God. When souls are saved,
The Apostles resorted to prayer and preaching of the
Gospel.As they were steadfast in this way signs and wonders
accompanied them. They did first things first in proper order.
They spent enough time at the foot of the Cross to obtain
the life of God in Christ to grow in the new life. Then, they
naturally became witnesses to Lord Jesus. Let us observe
that obtaining the very life of Christ is in proportion to
making space for it by the removal of power of sin.
In this book prayers that deal with sin of our heart are
compiled. The main content of the book is devoted to pray
for our selfish sinful nature with a view to possess the life of
Christ. The corruption of the flesh is dealt by humble prayers
followed by the development of Christian temper. While
praying in this way we are mysteriously filled by the Holy
Spirit of God as we allow Him to nullify the power of sin. It
is our faith that Our loving Lord Jesus will provide enough
opportunities to reach out the perishing souls and to preach
the Gospel successfully with definite results, to those who
conduct their life in the way of prayer.
All prayers in this book preserve the spirit of humility
since the author of Christianity described Himself as the
meek and the lowly. Humility flourishes when the first
preference in prayer is an honest confession of personal sin.
Pride makes it difficult to pray.
The Bible says, God gave up the world to sinful passions.
Will they come to God automatically? Jesus said, "How few
workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!" 14.
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straightaway we see the need for prayer to turn the sinful
world to Christ.
You may find the prayers of this Book heavy. The fact
of the matter is that there has to be a travail before souls are
saved. God's Word says, "No sooner is Zion in labour, than
she gives birth to her Children".15
So, prayer transforms us
like magnets and the unsaved sinners as iron pieces.
Our forefathers amidst severe adverse circumstances
prevailed by faith and prayer. God's Son and the Holy Spirit
are engaged in groaning and intercessory prayers. Anointing
is proportional to the travailing prayer. Faith in Lord Jesus
and the prayer inspired by faith and love will bring in the
anointing to accomplish the expansion of the Kingdom of
it has bridled the rage of lions, hushed anarchy to rest,
extinguished wars, appeased the elements, expelled
demons, burst the chains of death, expanded the gates
of heaven, assuaged diseases, repelled frauds, rescued
- St. Chrysostom.
1.1 The Purpose of the Written Prayers
or speak before you think". Further we are told in the Word of
God: "Prepare your confession and come back to God. Pray
to Him, Take away our sin, accept our confession. Receive
as restitution our repentant prayers" 16
Therefore, we see the need for well-prepared prayers.
Words are seeds having a tree in them. Extempore prayers
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With affectionate heart involvement, the prayers are efficient.
is acceptable to God.
In fact, God has given every blessing to each believer in
Christ on the day we are born-again. But, as we can see in
our experience, all of God's blessings are not within our
reach. But only by earnest prayers manifestations of those
blessings will be made visible in the physical world for our
enjoyment. We should note that by prayer, we are not
attempting to alter the good plan of God. But if we are more
prayerful, we can fit ourselves into His current thoughts and
1.2 The Goal of this Book
The power of the Pentecost is available on this earth
right now to give us the Apostles blessing, if we follow the
way of prayer and revelation of Christ by the Holy Spirit.
God ordained that the promise of the book of Joel of out-
pouring of the Holy Spirit shall be realized through those
who enjoy Christ Jesus by being in constant touch17
. Let us
note that Lord Jesus while living on this earth delighted in
God through prayer. Ministry and preaching were like a drop
in the ocean of prayer for Our Lord Jesus.
The goal of this book is to imitate Christ in all spheres
with the life energized by the Spirit of Christ. It is strongly
believed that if Prayer Life is ordered well then all will be
in correct proportions. The Break-through in life is when a
Christian obtains the spirit of prayer, like that of Christ.
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1.3 How to use this Book ?
1.3.1 A Daily Routine
2. Pray daily using Part II through Part IV.
3. Read the Bible at least one chapter a day systematically.
The Holy Spirit is highly pleased and happy when songs
are sung. Do everything in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Avoid being overwhelmed either by prayers or the large
amount of information. Remember that we are engaging with
the person of Christ, who is in the invisible world. All the
saints of old, by faith prayed meaningfully believing in the
living presence of Christ. We should not insist on the physical
manifestation of Christ. In order not to become mechanical,
pausing for few minutes (selah) is suggested after every
1.3.2 A Weekly Routine
Make a book study of the Bible weekly once. Martin
Luther suggested that we underline the word "faith" in the
book of Romans and look at all those verses once every day.
1.3.3 Yearly Schedule
Resort to peaceful places to wait upon the Lord, as often
as possible. Allocate long duration to wait on the Lord once
in every year.
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1.4 The Preaching
It is better to preach systematically from what is soaked in
prayer. In a week a preacher must read one devotional book
preachers such as C. H. Spurgeon, John Owen etc.
1.5 A Caution
Everyone must be found more in prayer than reading. Let
not mind be crowded by the material available on the Internet.
Set small goals which you can accomplish. Let the speed be
slow but steady and consistent. Take caution against making
resolutions to live in a particular way. Give ample place for the
leading of the Holy Spirit. He loves to lead and guide us in all
matters. Keep watch on whether you are acquiring the
Never attempt anything new without praying for a week.
Faithfully attend to daily routines. Don't imitate somebody's
style of preaching. Be original. Forgive yourself. Do not be
too strict with others. Forgive others freely. Discover the
particular gift of the Holy Spirit and make all the
arrangements to develop it. Be careful with words that you
utter because they are like seeds having a potential of
growing into a large tree. The Devil waters all bad words,
and on the other hand the Holy Spirit flourishes good words.
So make it a point to speak good words through out the day.
Don't waste time and be lazy. Don't over work like a
Make a list of people whom you know. Segregate the list
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people who are already saved. Don't miss out on your enemies
and those who hurt you, because your best is hidden in them.
1.6 The Conviction about the Prayer
Read more on prayer. Prayer is a hard work. Read one
chapter on prayer every day from the collection of E. M.
Bounds. The Bible recorded, "After Job had interceded for
his friends, God restored his fortune and then doubled it!"
Jesus said, "Here's what I want you to do: find a quiet,
secluded place. Shift your focus from you to God and begin
to sense His grace. Pray simply and He will reward you
Let us recognize the utmost importance of prayer. Lord
Jesus revealed to Peter that to escape from the trap of Satan,
he needs to depend upon Jesus' intercession and pray by
himself. Such prayer will alone strengthen faith. Prayer need
to be made night and day earnestly and continually to get
the supply of God for what is lacking in our faith.
The Apostles prayed to God that they will not do
anything wrong. They prayed for the eyes of heart to be
enlightened that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen
with power through His Spirit the inner being so that Christ
may dwell in heart through faith. They prayed for being
rooted and established in love.
So, we need to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with
all kinds of prayers and requests. We need to be alert and
always keep on praying. Prayer alone makes the messenger
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Prayer makes us live a life worthy of the Lord and please
Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing
in the knowledge of God. When we pray, God will open a
door for our message so that we may proclaim the mystery
of Christ, and our God will count us worthy of His calling
and by His power He will fulfill every good purpose for us.
Prayer makes the name of our Lord Jesus to be glorified
in us, and He in us, according to the grace of our God and
our Lord Jesus Christ. Prayer makes the message of our Lord
to spread rapidly and be honoured.
By prayer we will be delivered from wicked and evil
men. So we must continually ask God for help. Prayer makes
us to be active in sharing our faith so that we will have a full
understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
By prayer we are delivered from trouble. Prayer heals
our sickness. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and
effective. Prayer makes us to enjoy good health and that all
1.7 Our Lord's Message
"I will turn things around... I will give them a
language undistorted, unpolluted, words to
address God in worship. They will come praying.
You'll no longer have to be ashamed of all those
acts of rebellion. Be happy! Celebrate! God has
reversed His judgments against you and sent
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your enemies off chasing. God is happy to have
you back, he'll calm you with his love and delight
you. The accustomed sorrows will dissipate. I
will get rid of them for you. I'll get rid of all
those who've made your life miserable. You'll
be famous and honoured all over the world.
God's promise". Zeph. 3:8ff.
1.8 The Author's Desire
God willing, I cherish to be in touch with you as you
endeavour to become like Christ in prayer life. If you are
blessed through this humble book and can share your
testimony through e-mail, I will have the opportunity to pray
meaningfully for you. I would like to pray for you because I
hope to have you as a star in my crown in heaven.
1.9 Praying in the Spirit
The mandate of the Bible is to pray in the Spirit on all
the occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. 21
is capable of uttering anything before the Almighty God,
having fabricated his desires in the normal thinking process.
If we pray like this, then, we are taking all the trouble of
flying into heaven and placing our requests before God,
which we know, is an impossible task. Apostle Paul in the
Book of Ephesians, explained that the mid air is occupied
by principalities, powers and spiritual hosts of wickedness
in the heavenly places.22
They can easily prevent human
voice unless empowered by a greater power than them.
Lord Jesus having offered His own blood by the Eternal
Spirit poured out the Sevenfold Spirit on all flesh, so that,
man will have easy and free access to Heaven. So with simple
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refused. Praying in the spirit is like sitting in a space shuttle and
flying into Heaven to post our requests. It is called Holy ease.
So let us seek the help of the Holy Spirit to pray in the spirit.
1.9.1 APrayer for the help of the Holy Spirit
my tongue to pray in the spirit uniting my mind withYou.All-
Your sweet influence. O Lord God, give me good temper to
take care of Him as my beloved guest.
soft as the breath of even that checks each thought, that calms
each fear. May You be pleased to reveal Lord Jesus and His
power in the Heaven and on the earth. I acknowledge thatYou
condition. I know thatYou have come inside of my heart to rid
me of my fears, troubles and tears. You have come to tell me
comfort to my soul. You are given to me to adorn the body of
Be pleased O Lord, to set up the Kingdom of Love in my heart.
Please carry outYour work in me in realizable form.
I may love what You love and do what You would like to do.
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Lord Jesus, like the beloved John the Apostle, may I be
in the spirit to see You by faith. Protect me from all
distractions. May my faith be active to see You, because
seeing is my happiness.
O Spirit of God, make me grasp secret things of God.
Open, O Lord, rivers in high places and fountains in the
midst of valleys. Make my wilderness a pool of water and
my dry land a spring of water. Plant Cedars, Shittah tree, the
Myrtle and the Olive tree in my wilderness. Set in my desert
the fir tree, the pine and the box tree together.
O Lord, I am without the living energy and devoid of
strength. I have dried up without abundance. Let Pishon and
Gihon flow. Let the fruit of Love flourish in me. By Your
grace, O Lord, the fire of the Holy Spirit melt my heart.
Burn the sinful chaff in me. O Lord God, fill me with Your
Holy Spirit and remove all the curses from my life. Help
me, O Lord, to taste the love of Lord Jesus by growing in
faith. For Jesus sake, Amen.
Sweet secret prayer, comfort divine,
There, O my Lord, I know Thou art mine;
Great Master, there in secret with Thee,
Heaven comes nearer and nearer to me.
Blessings attend and follow us there;
Heaven comes nearer and nearer in prayer.
Sweet secret prayer, comfort divine,
There do Thine arms, Lord, round me entwine;
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Balm for all sorrow that mortal can know.
Sweet secret prayer, comfort divine,
There do I feel I truly am Thine;
Heav'n's windows open, Jesus is near,
Near to my soul, and the Father will hear.
(Charles H. Gabriel, 1922)
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THE CONFESSIONS AND
PART II: THE CONFESSIONS
2. The Development of
the Inward Life
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Grace, grace, God's grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God's grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.
(Julia Johnston, 1910)
The development of inner life is obtaining the forgiveness
and the removal of power of sin. The first step in the
improvement of life is through confessions. We must plead
for the blood of Christ to be applied by the Holy Spirit.
Christ will come and comfort us, if we pray for our sinful
nature to be subdued. He likes to assist us by the Holy Spirit
in ordering inner life if we believe His promise and come to
Him. All His glory and beauty are revealed from within. He
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delights to be within us for the singular purpose of dealing with
sin. His visits are frequent and He brings sweet conversations,
pleasant comfort, great peace and exceedingly wonderful
Let us open our heart to Christ. He will meet all our
needs. He doesn't change His loving attitude towards us even
when we have failed miserably. He wants our honest
2.2 The Bible on the Believer's repentance
1. Jesus said, "Are you tired? worn out? Burned out
on religion? Come to me. Get away with Me and
you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a
real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me - watch
how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I
won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep
company with Me and you'll learn to live freely
2. "Now listen, daughter, don't miss a word: forget
your country, put your home behind you. Be here -
the king is wild for you. Since he's your Lord, adore
3. Glorified Jesus said, "Up on your feet! Take a deep
breath! May be there's life in you yet. But I wouldn't
know it by looking at your busywork; nothing of
God's work has been completed. Your condition is
desperate. Think of the gift you once had in your
hands, the Message you heard with your ears -
grasp it again and turn back to God."
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4. "Do you think I take any pleasure in the death of
wicked men and women?" asks the Lord. "Of
course not! I only want them turn around, no longer
live wrong but living right - really living."
5. "There's more joy in heaven over one sinner's
rescued life. God's angels throw a party in heaven
when every time one lost soul turns to God."
6. "God was in Christ, restoring the world to Himself,
no longer counting men's sins against them but
blotting them out. This is the wonderful message."
7. Jesus answered them, "It is the sick who need a
doctor, not those in good health. My purpose is to
invite sinners to turn from their sins, not to spend
my time with those who think themselves already
Bible verses 24
2.3 The Remission for the Sins
Let us believe what the Bible says. Let us take time to read
sin can't be dealt by human effort or resolution. God alone can
solve this biggest puzzle. The Bible boldly declared, God sent
Jesus to take away sins of penitent and grant holiness which
perfectly satisfies the whole economy of God, the heaven and
a) God is there and present:
There is a penalty for the intrusion into "the Holy Place"
behind the veil thoughtlessly.TheArk with commandments of
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God is present in the cloud above the place of mercy seat.
b) The Blood for the Holy Place:
Here are the conditions for entering the Holy Place: The
High Priest must bring a young bull for a sin offering and a
ram for a burnt offering. He shall make atonement for himself
and his family. He shall bring some of the blood of the young
bull and sprinkle it with his finger upon the east side of the
mercy place and then seven times in front of it. He must
smear the blood of the young bull and the goat on the horns
of the altar and sprinkle the blood upon the altar seven times
with his finger thus cleansing it from the sinfulness of Israel
and making it holy.
c) The Confession of all sins :
The priest shall bring the live goat and laying both hands
upon its head, confess over it all the sins. He shall lay all
their sins upon the head of the goat and send it into the desert.
d) The Inference:
The procedures given in the Old Testament with regard
to animal sacrifices have a clear message. Now the animal
blood is replaced with the blood of Christ. One should not
think that the blood shed on the Cross by our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ had dried up on the mountains of
Golgotha in the country of Israel. The Bible says, it is offered
to God by the eternal Spirit and does exist in His presence.
By faith we must acknowledge this. Only the Holy Spirit
can apply the blood of Christ on all those who plead for it.
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2.3.1 The Blood of Jesus and the Forgiveness
1. "When the Messiah arrived, high priest of superior
things of this new covenant, He bypassed the old
tent and its trappings in this created world and went
straight into heaven's "tent" - the true Holy Place
- once and for all. He also bypassed the sacrifices
consisting of goat and calf blood, instead used His
own blood as the price to set us free once and for
all. If that animal blood and the other rituals of
purification were effective in cleaning up certain
matters of our religion and behaviour, think how
much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole
lives, inside and out. Through the Spirit, Christ
offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing
us from all those dead-end efforts to make
ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out
2. "If we claim we are free from sin, we're only fooling
ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On
the other hand, if we admit our sins, he won't let
us down; He'll be true to Himself. He'll forgive our
sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim
that we've never sinned, we out-and-out contradict
God - make a liar out of Him. A claim like that
only shows off our ignorance of God."
3. "The sacrificed blood of Jesus, God's Son, purges
all our sin."
4. "A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can
never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes
them, he gets another chance." "A tender hearted
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person lives a blessed life; a hard hearted person
lives a hard life."
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2.3.2 A Prayer for the Forgiveness of Daily Sins
"Rock ofAges, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure -
(Augustus Toplady, 1763).
O Blessed Spirit of God, You have revealed that the
blood of Jesus Christ is a sweet aroma to the Lord God. You
have said that the life is in the blood and it is given to make
atonement for my soul. But if I do not wash my sins in the
blood I shall bear my guilt. O Lord God, may I not be foolish
to ignore Your free offer.
O Lord, You want me to be Holy as You are Holy. You
have said that I am the Lord that sanctify You and You have
also said that I must sanctify myself. So, O Lord, I plead for
the blood of Christ to sactify me that I may not die under the
burden of sin.
Lord Jesus, I thank You for allowing Yourself willingly
to be torn to give Your blood for me. I acknowledge that
Your blood alone removes the stains of my sins. Your blood
is my medicine, a living fountain. Your blood alone provides
and provides victory. Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the
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cross as my substitute.Your blood keeps me on the bossom of
pacifies the wrath of God.
Thank You Lord Jesus, for Your blood provides great
relief for my huge count of sins. You have destroyed the
strength of sin by Your death on the Cross. Thank You Lord
Jesus, for wearing the crown of thorns onYour head allowing
Your hands and feet to be pierced by hard nails, and stabbing
Your side by a spear for me. Thank You Lord Jesus, by
believeing in You, I am relieved.
Lord Jesus, now I come to You for the forgiveness of
my fresh sins through confession. Be very very gracious to
me, because of Your cruel death on the Cross. Amen.
2.3.3 A Prayer of Repentance
[God wants only acknowledgment of sin to deal with
the blood of Christ with the conviction of the Holy Spirit].
Almighty God, I do not know how to pray. Kindly grant
the help of the Holy Spirit in my weakness. Blessed Spirit
of God, aid me to pray in the spirit according to the Will of
God and sprinkle the blood of Christ on me seven times.
God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob, most
mighty and glorious God! Full of incomprehensible power
and majesty, whose glory the very heaven of heavens is not
able to contain. Look down from heaven upon me, Your
unworthy servant, who here prostrates at the footstool of
Your throne of grace. Look upon me, O Heavenly Father,
through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, Your
lips to so holy a God asYou are.
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I am an open book to You. Even from a distance, You know
O Lord God, I cannot avoidYour Spirit. I cannot go out ofYour
western horizon. Before I reach a place,You are already there
O God, I acknowledge that every sin dishonoursYou.You
My confusion is the result of my sinful acts. I
acknowledge that enough of confusion is there in me, which
is an indication that I have done lot of sins. I know that I am
let out of Your hand by every sin in degrees. I don't want to
continue in the same path, O Lord. I also know that I cannot
help myself and the remedy is in Christ only.
So, I humbly confess my sins, O Lord. Blessed Spirit of
God reveal to my heart and mind, where and how I have
dishonoured the Heavenly Father, and my Lord Jesus Christ.
Kindly reveal also how and where I have broken Your holy
commandments by sinful motions, unclean thoughts, evil
words and wicked works, and how I have omitted those
duties which You required for Your service and committed
those vices whichYou, under the penalty ofYour displeasure,
[Here you may confess to God your secret sins]
O Lord God, to know thatYou are fully aware of my sinful
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my mother's womb. My body and soul are Your handiwork. I
am marvelously made.You know every bone in my body.You
know exactly how I was made. You watched me grow from
conception to birth, all the stages of my life. All my days are
prepared byYou, even before I lived one day.ThankYou, Lord
Jesus, for carrying me inYour arms, like a father carries a child
Oh triune God, I am fully responsible for all my faults. O
Lord, my fresh sins have burdened my conscience. So, Lord, I
do here with grief of heart confess toYou. I recognize that for
these of my sins, I have provoked the anger of the Lord God
I am in the position of attracting all the miseries of this life. My
You deal with me according to my sins, then I cannot stand.
Lord, therefore I confess.
I acknowledge that I have violated You and offended
You grievously by every time I had sinned. You have seen it
all, the full extent of my evil. You have all the facts before
You. Whatever You decide about me is fair. I acknowledge
that each of my sin made me out of step with You.
O Lord, since You are after the truth, I beg You to
penetrate in the place where sin is residing, my very heart
through the prophet Isaiah27
.Tune me withYour songs. Set my
bones which are broken due to sin. Don't look too close for my
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Kindly, don't throw me with the trash. Do not fail to
breathe holiness on me. I know, O Lord God, Your mercy
endures for ever and Your compassion never fails. That is
why I have not been long ago consumed. I know that with
You there is plenteous redemption. O God, make a fresh
start in me and shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my
life. O Lord, take me again into Your hands. Thank You, O
Lord God, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen
Believe God's Word:
"If your sins are blood-red, they'll be snow-white.
If they're red like crimson, they'll be like wool." Isa 1:18
Jesus said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you.
Go in peace and be freed from your suffering." Mark 5:34
2.4 The Death of Sin by the Holy Spirit
All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,
Discord filled my heart with pain,
Jesus swept across the broken strings,
Stirred the slumbering chords again.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Sweetest name I know
Fills my every longing, Keeps me singing as I go.
(Luther Bridgers, 1910)
(C. H. Spurgeon).
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1. "Our old self was crucified with him so that the
body of sin might be done away with, that we should
no longer be slaves to sin" 28
"If we get included in
Christ's sin-conquering death, we also get included
in his life-saving resurrection. Our old way of life
was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end
to that sin-miserable life - no longer at sin's every
beck and call!."
2. "The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead
...will also give life to your mortal bodies through
his Spirit, who lives in you." "Anyone completely
absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking
more about self than God. That person ignores who
God is and what He is doing. And God isn't pleased
at being ignored. Those who think they can do it
on their own end up obsessed with measuring their
own moral muscle but never get around to
exercising it in real life. Those who trust God's
action in them find that God's Spirit is in them -
living and breathing God! Obsession with self in
these matters is dead end; attention to God leads
us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.
Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on
3. "Through the power of the Holy Spirit you crush
evil deeds, you shall live." "But if God himself has
taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be
thinking more of yourself than of Him. Anyone, of
course, who has not welcomed this invisible but
clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won't
know what we're talking about. But for you who
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welcome Him, in whom He dwells - even though
you still experience all the limitations of sin - you
yourself experience life on God's terms. It stands
to reason, doesn't it, that if the alive-and-present
God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into
your life, He'll do the same thing in you that He
did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When
God lives and breathes in you, you are delivered
from that dead life. With the Spirit living in you,
your body will be as alive as Christ's."
2.4.1 APrayer for the Mortification of the Flesh
i) A Solemn Reality of the Corruption of the Flesh
O God, Lord of all things, You in Christ Jesus, have
manifested Yourself out of Your love. When I believed in
the finished work of the cross, You were gracious enough to
save me. Thank You, Lord Jesus for making me leave that
old country of sin and joining me with the new country of
holiness with all the saints of the Old Testament and the
O Lord God, though my old self is dead by union with
the death of Jesus, yet I perceive that I have the body of sin.
I understood by Paul's experience that sin lives in every
member of my body and sin is the greatest burden than all
troubles and trials.
Lord Jesus as perYourWord, I acknowledge that my heart
depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander,
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are hidden. They are like vomit from my heart. Knowingly and
me to do the good work of the Holy Spirit. I acknowledge O
So, blessed Spirit of God, kindly purge out my heart by
the power of the blood of Christ. I come before You with
thanksgiving and request You, O Lord, to drive out all my
bad habits which I have acquired by the old self. Thus help
me make room for the life-saving resurrection power of
Christ. O Lord, grant me utmost self-control on my personal
enemies which John the beloved cited in his first epistle: the
lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. O
Lord, help me not to let sin, Satan and the world to tell me
what to do in life. Let me not give time of the day to sin. Let
me not run even little errands in the old way of life. O Lord
God, may I be full-time available to You.
Thus, O Lord, teach me doing things in the Holy Spirit's
way whole heartedly in the freedom of Christ. O Lord, help
me to drive out the bond woman which is born according to
the flesh that it may not persecute the new man, who is born
according to the promise. Lord according to Your Word, let
the elder serve the younger.
Spirit more and more killing my sin, in the power and practice
thereof, so that this day I may with more freedom of mind and
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liberty of will serveYou. O Lord, bring me back from my gray
Within my heart, O Lord, fulfill;
The purpose of Thy death and pain,
That all may know Thou livest still;
In blood-washed hearts to rule and reign.
O Savior, by Thy bleeding form;
The world is crucified to me;
Thy loving heart, so rent and torn,
(Herbert Booth, 1886)
ii) The Denial of Self
O Lord God, I have proved in my life, offering to sin is
my last free act. Now having realized my mistake I offer to
the ways of God which is my true freedom. O Lord God,
may I be given grace to listen to my new master, the Christ
and submit to the Holy Spirit whole heartedly and not to
again come under the law of sin and death.
Lord Jesus, You have said that I must deny myself to
follow You. Lord, the power of sin in my flesh keep
sabotaging my best intentions. So, obviously I need Your
help, O Lord. I acknowledge that I have no power to deal
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take charge. So I needYou, O Blessed Spirit of God, to break
and dissolve the vicious circle of sin by the Cross.
am at the end of my rope. So I look toYou, O Christ my Lord.
Give me the help of the Holy Spirit. I acknowledge that You
Lord God, thankYou, forYour determination to solve this
like a strong wind free me from time to time from the brutal
tyranny of the law of sin and death. O Lord, let not the Law
me not to redouble my human effort with moral muscle. Help
me, O Lord, to trust the Holy Spirit's action in me. May I pay
spacious free life. O Lord, help me to ignore the self and pay
attention to whatYou are doing inside of me.
O Lord, though at present, I am experiencing all the
limitations due to sin in my flesh, may I devote myself to
obtain the life of Christ, through the worship, the prayer and
the meditation of Your blessed Word. May I trust and focus
that the way the Holy Spirit raised Christ from the dead, I
will also be raised steadily by the mortification of sin in my
Breathe on me, O Blessed Spirit of God, to be delivered
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and get along with the new life in my Christ. Make me
O Lord, and keep confirming to me who I am in Christ. Let me
What shall I, who am not worthy of Your grace, say
before You? O merciful God, it is owing to Your love I yield
myself, with my whole will, senses and the mind unto Your
grace, and fly to Your mercy. I call upon You through Your
death, from the new spark of life in me. I take hold of Your
promise that You will not quench the smoking flax. I have
no other way but by Your own bitter death and passion I
sink the desire of my soul down into Your death into the
gate of Your death, which You broke open.
In the meantime, O Lord, while it is Your blessed Will
and pleasure that I may continue to spend the small number
of my days which You have appointed for me to live for
Christ, teach me to number them that I may apply my heart
unto wisdom. As You add days unto my life, so, good Lord,
I beg You, add the repentance and the amendment to my
days, that as I grow in years, I may increase in grace and
favour with You and all the people. Unbutton my lips dear
God to break forth into praise. Give me the job of teaching
And to this end, O Lord, give unto me a supply of all those
graces which are wanting in me, and necessary for me, with an
increase of all those good gifts wherewith You have already
endowed me so that I may be enabled to lead a godly life in
honest conversation, thatYour name may be glorified, others
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be fed on the peace of a good conscience, and be more
with thanksgiving, fully believing that I have received all that I
have prayed. I thank You, O Lord God, through Lord Jesus,
Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last.
Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art, freely let me take of Thee;
Spring Thou up within my heart; rise to all eternity.
2.5 The Leading of the Holy Spirit
Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since 'tis my God that leadeth me.
He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.
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Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
By waters still, over troubled sea,
(Joseph Gilmore, 1862)
2.5.1 APrayer for the Leading of the Holy Spirit
i) A Desire to be led by the Holy Spirit
O Breath of the great love of God, quicken, I beseechYou,
me, Lord Jesus, by Your Holy Spirit to take each step in Your
way. May I valueYour thoughts as infinitely precious than my
best thoughts and plans. O Lord, guide me withYour counsel.
Above all I requestYou, O Spirit of God, to grant me a willing
Help me O Lord, to perceive thatYou are holding my right
O Lord, I became poor and needy by walking in my
own way. Make haste to me. Lord do not delay. May I take
refuge in the shadow ofYour wings with deep trust inYou, as
You make preparations to sendYour help . O God, help me, for
I rest on You. May I go into the world along with the Lord of
Hosts.You are my God, help me not to leaveYour hand.
O Lord, may I be conscious of Your divine presence and
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recognize the angel ofYour presence going before me. May I
I can run against a troop and leap over a wall. InYour presence
is fullness of joy and pleasures for evermore. Honour, majesty,
strength and gladness are the marks of Your presence. So, O
Lord, may I not forsakeYour presence.
Lord Jesus, I acknowledge thatYou are more than inclined
to lead me in my life journey. I acceptYour leading. FromYour
Word, I understood that You do not want to loose me. Thank
You, Lord Jesus. "In Your unfailing love You will lead the
people You have redeemed. In Your strength You will guide
them to Your holy dwelling" 30
Blessed Spirit of God, make me good to please the Lord
Jesus, so that You may lead me into my abundance. Send
Your comfort and encouragement not to stray away from
the path of my Lord Jesus. O Blessed Spirit of God, make
me strong and courageous to be led by You. Give me
discernment and wisdom to be able to perceive Your leading
and stay with it.
Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my
enemies and make straight Your way before me. Teach me
Your way, O Lord. Since You are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of Your name lead and guide me. Above all, O
Spirit of God, lead me to Christ. Teach me to do Your Will,
the level ground for Jesus sake,Amen.
ii) An Intense Desire
O Lord God,You have said through the prophet Isaiah, "I
will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along
unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness
into light before them and make the rough places smooth.
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These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them." 31
O Blessed Spirit of God, be pleased to fulfill this promise in
Christ for me. O enlighten my spirit, that I may see the divine
O Lord, take that away from me, which always turns
me away from You and give me that which always turns me
to You. Take me wholly from myself and let me give myself
wholly to Yourself. O let me begin nothing, let me will, think
and do nothing without You. O Lord, indeed I am not worthy
of that which I desire of You. I pray, let the desire of my soul
dwell but in the gates of Your courts. Make me but a servant
of Your servants, O Lord. O preserve me from the horrible
pit from departing from You wherein there is no comfort or
O Lord, lead me not into temptation. Blessed Spirit of
God, may I evaluate every spirit that comes through false
people which leads me away from the crucified Christ and
live with watchfulness. Blessed Spirit of God, lead me more
and more to the repentance and the confession of every sin.
Stir up in me a true sorrow for the sins I have committed. O
keep me in Your bonds and let me not escape from You lest
the Devil sift me in my wicked flesh.
O Lord God, may the Lamb of God at the center of the
throne be my shepherd and lead me to the springs of the
living water. May God wipe away every tear from my eyes. O
quicken me in Your strength, O Lord, that my desire and will
and the wrath of God, overcome my "self". Break it's will and
to You. O Lord, take away its power, that it may will nothing
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Father and help me that now and from henceforward I may go
forth from sin and vanity, and never any more enter into them
O God in Christ Jesus, though I cannot see You with my
naked eye, I acknowledge that You are near unto me. Let
my Soul obtain a ray of Your sweet grace.
I lie before You as a dying man, as a small spark, kindle
it. O Lord, raise up the breath of my soul before You. Lord,
I wait for Your promise which You have made, saying, as I
live, I will not the death of a sinner, but that he shall turn
and live. May I take time to behold the cross intently for
long duration like Moses, the man of God. Lord, dissolve
my grief so that I may listen to Your voice amidst trying
circumstances. Blessed Spirit of God, help me to have full
faith like Stephen and believe in the Lord Jesus to honour
the holiness of Jehovah. My Redeemer, Lord Jesus, I wait
for You, whose Word is Truth and Life. Amen.
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.
(Frances Havergal, 1874)
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O Lord, I giveYou most humble and hearty thanks for all
those blessings which ofYour goodness have bestowed upon
me. I thankYou forYour free love, O Lord.
According to Your eternal purpose, You have elected me
You have created me afterYour own image, and have begun to
restore in me which was lost in our first parents.
Thank You Lord Jesus, for You have effectually called
me, by the working of Your Spirit, in the preaching of the
gospel, to the knowledge ofYour saving grace, and obedience
to Your blessed will.
O Lord God, thank You, for You have bought and
redeemed me with the blood of Your only begotten Son,
from the torments of hell, and from the thrall of Satan. You
have by faith in Christ freely justified me, who am by nature
the child of wrath. You have in good measure sanctified me
by the Holy Spirit, and given me so large a time to repent,
together with the means of repentance.
I thank You likewise good Lord, for my life, health,
wealth, food, raiment, peace, prosperity, and plenty.You have
preserved me from all perils and dangers of my body and
soul, and have brought me safe to the beginning of this day.
Thank You O Lord God, through Jesus Christ my Lord,
I stand amazed in the presence,
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.
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O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
Is my Savior's love for me!
(Charles Gabriel, 1905)
2.7 Daily work
Lord God,You have now awakened my body from sleep,
so, I beseech You, awaken my soul from sin, and carnal
security. You have caused the light of the day to shine in my
bodily eyes. So good Lord, cause the light of Your Word
and the Holy Spirit to illumine my heart. O Lord, give me
grace to walk in all holy obedience before Your face this
day and that I may endeavour to keep faith and a clear
conscience towards You, and towards all men, in all my
thoughts, words, and dealings.
Good Lord, bless all my studies and actions which I
shall take in hand this day, that they may tend to Your glory,
the good of others, and the comfort of my own soul and
conscience. O my God, keep Your servant, that I do no evil
to myself and to any other, this day and let it be Your Blessed
Will not to suffer the Devil nor his wicked angels, nor any
of his evil members, or my malicious enemies, to have any
power to do me hurt or violence.
O Lord God, when I am alone, may I remember that my
Heavenly Father is with me and may I enjoy the pleasure of
it, and feed on the sense of the power of the Holy Spirit.
Thus let my days be spent without murmuring against Christ
at all circumstances, under a sense of thankfulness.
Lord Jesus, when I fail, may I not take too much time to
recover. Meet me, O Lord, in my failures. May I diligently
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O Lord, let the eye ofYour holy providence watch over me
for good and command Your Holy angels to pitch their tents
round about me, for my defense and safety in my going out and
coming in, asYou have promised. IntoYour hands, O Father, I
do here commend my soul and body, my actions, and all that I
have, to be guided, defended, and protected by You, being
assured, that whatsoever is committed toYour custody cannot
through frailty forgetYou, yet, Lord God, I begYou, in mercy
remember me for Jesus sake,Amen.
The Lord is King! I own His pow'r,
His right to rule each day and hour;
I own His claim on heart and will,
He claims my heart, to keep it clean,
From all defiling taint of sin;
He claims my will, that I may prove,
How swift obedience answers love.
In noble deeds and worthy strife;
He claims my feet, that in His ways,
He claims my lips, that purest word,
In all my converse may be heard;
My motives, passions, thoughts, that these,
(Darly Terry, 1911)
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2.8 The Healing
O Lord God, I acknowledge that I have acquired many
diseases by not paying attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
But Your Word through the prophet Isaiah said " He (Jesus)
was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and
by His wounds we are healed." 32
So, O Lord, I plead forYour
Circumcise my heart, O Lord and heal me. Internal
infections, BP, Diabetics and many more unknown diseases
have taken their place within me. Whom can I go, O Lord?
Which doctor can diagnose me? I am helpless, O Lord. Even
many domestic food items are aggravating my disease
including the common water. Lord Jesus, I beg you to heal
my water and food and make them healthy. Hear my prayer
and heal me, O Lord.
Our forefathers called upon You, O Lord God, and You
have healed them. I acknowledge, Lord Jesus, You are the
same yesterday, today and forever. Send forth Your Word
and heal me. May I be converted byYour Word and be healed.
Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; Save me and I will be
saved, for You are the one I praise. May I realize that You
have healed me and I pray for its physical manifestation.
Lord Jesus, Your Word said, "All over Syria, people brought
to You all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering
severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and
the paralyzed, and You healed them." 33
Will You not do the
same for me, O Lord?
O Lord, Your Word says that Abraham prayed and God
healedAbimelech. The Lord God heard Hezekiah and healed
the people. O Lord, I do not deserve to have You come under
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my roof. But just say aWord, and I will be healed.Allow me to
to be healed. Lord Jesus, in the same wayYou had compassion
out the demons, and do not let the demons speak to me. Please
Lord, come and putYour hands on me so that I will be healed
in the mighty Name of Lord Jesus, who died for me,Amen.
Jesus, spotless lamb of God,
You have bought me with Your blood.
I would value nothing beside Jesus -
Jesus the crucified!
I am Yours and Yours alone.
This I gladly, fully own.
And in all my works and ways,
Help me only seekYour praise.
(James Deck, 2007)
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PART III: PERSONAL PRAYERS
3 The First Love for Christ
I am resolved to follow the Saviour,
Faithful and true each day
Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth,
He is the living way.
I will hasten to Him,
Hasten so glad and free,
Jesus, greatest, highest,
I will come to Thee.
(Palmer Hartsough, 1896)
If "Love for God" is deficient, then all will remain
disorderly. If we cannot love our fellow-humans properly as
we ought to, it is because we have problem in loving our
God whole heartedly. So we need to recover immediately
and begin to love the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
3.2 The Christ's voice
1. Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your
passion and prayer and intelligence. This is the
most important, the first on any list. But there is a
second to set alongside it: Love others as well as
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you love yourself. These two commands are pegs;
everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs
2. After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon,
son of John, do you love Me more than these? "Yes,
Master, you know I love You." He then asked a
second time, "Simon, son of John, do you really
love Me?". "Yes, Master, you know I love You".
Then he said it a third time, "Simon, son of John,
do you love Me?" Peter was upset that he asked
for the third time.
3. You have walked away from your first love - why?
What's going on with you? Do you have any idea
how far you've fallen? "Turn back! Recover your
dear early love. No time to waste, for I'm well on
my way to removing your light from the golden
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3.3 A Prayer for the First Love for Christ
O God of Love, I beseechYou to grant me full recovery of
Love to loveYou. Impress it into my soul and make me realize
that my soul is inYour arms. O Sweet Love of God, I confess I
am unclean beforeYou without love for Lord Jesus.Take away
down to the ground in the cross to love Jesus, the Christ totally.
Let me be captivated by my Beloved's love.
O God, may I experienceYour love as better than anything
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Your shade to taste and savourYour delicious love. Lord Jesus,
may my eyes be feasted by the visions and revelations ofYour
Cross. May I see Your movement and catch up with it. May I
listen toYour loving voice. O Lord, protect me from foxes and
wolves. May I long forYou more and more. May I desireYou
desperately. May I seek You till I find You. When I find You,
may I embraceYou and talk toYou affectionately. May I listen
toYour appreciation about me, O Lord.
I not be found naked when Lord Jesus makes His appearance
to me. May I be quick to recognize His foot steps. O Lord God,
the Holy Spirit. Inclose me in You. Keep me in You, so that I
Jesus. May I exercise boldness and confidence in approaching
You. O Great Love, awaken your disappeared image in me,
which, as to the Kingdom of Heaven disappeared in my father
Adam, so as to loveYou better and better day by day.
O Life and Power of the Deity, You have promised, "We
will come to you, and make Our abode in you". So O Lord,
let me feel Your residence in me. You have promised also,
that Heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who
ask. Therefore, I now bring the desire of my soul into that
promise. Blessed Spirit of God, increase in me my longing
Strengthen me, O sweet Love, inYour strength. O quicken
me in You, that my spirit may taste Your sweetness. O Sweet
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the anger of God and changed it into love and divine joy, I pray
I may be comfortable to converse with Lord Jesus that my soul
O great love of Lord Jesus, I humbly fly toYou and bring
Your Holy Blood and quenched the anger with the love of the
O my Noble Vine, I beseech You to give sap into me
Your branch that I may bud and grow in Your strength and
in Your essence of love. Beget in me true strength by Your
strength. O Sweet love, enlighten my poor soul. Bring it
into the right way. Destroy the will of the Devil and bring
my body through the whole course of this world through the
chamber of death into Your death and rest. I beseech You,
be my willing and knowing, so that I may agree with You in
all matters to walk with You in love. I yield myself wholly
up to You. O Lord God, I bind my emotions to the love of
the Holy Spirit, in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.
Master, no offering costly and sweet,
May we, like Magdalene, lay at Thy feet;
Yet may love's incense rise, sweeter than sacrifice,
Dear Lord to Thee, dear Lord to Thee.
(Edwin Parker, 1888)
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4 The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
All to Jesus I surrender,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.
I surrender all, I surrender all
All to Thee my blessed Saviour,
(Judson Van de Venter, 1896)
Though we are born again, we must keep examining what
manner of temperament we are of. The Christian spirit is
developed by the agency of the Holy Spirit, resembling that of
We must become spiritually minded and walk by faith.
The proof of our spirituality is in the fear of God, affection
to triune God, and following the Slain Lamb of God
practically and courageously. With regard to ourselves we
must possess humility and purity, temperance, contentment
and patience. With regard to our fellow creatures, our
Christian temper must display love, meekness,
peaceableness, mercy, truth and candor in judging. There
must be in our person the general qualifications such as
sincerity, constancy, tenderness, zeal and prudence.
4.2 The Holy Spirit's Desire
1. "Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be
constantly changing for the better. Yes, you must
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be a new and different person, holy and good.
Clothe yourself with this new nature." You learned
Christ! And then take on an entirely new way of
life - a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the
inside and working itself into your conduct as God
accurately reproduces his character in You.
2. "Grace and peace be yours in abundance through
the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ our
3. "Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and
sensitive before God. That energy is God's energy,
an energy deep within you, God himself willing
and working at what will give him the most
4. "Following after the Holy Spirit leads to life and
peace. Simply embrace what Spirit is doing in us."
4.3 Prayer for the Mind and the Heart
1. "God judges persons differently than humans do.
Men and women look at the face; God looks into
the heart." 36
2. "Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that's where
life starts." 37
3. "The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a
puzzle that no one can figure out." 38
4. "Jesus said, what comes out of a man is what makes
him unclean. From within, out of men's hearts come
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i) The Mind of Christ
which leads me to Yourself, and prepares me for the eternal
Blessed Spirit of God, may my attitudes and thoughts be
constantly changed to confirm to the mind of Christ. O Lord
God, may I work continuously on the renewal of the mind by
Your Word and be clothed with the new nature. O Lord, let
Your Spirit aid me in the meditation of Your Word. May I not
think contrary to the Word of God, O Lord. O Lord, may I not
ever think thatYou are not there.
O Lord God, I want to know You better and better. Lord
give me deep interest in the Word of God. Help me to receive
Your Words and treasure Your commands within me. Help
me, O Lord, to incline my ear to wisdom and apply my mind
to understanding. Help me O Lord, to seek You and search
for You as for hidden treasures from Your Word, so that I
may understand the fear and the knowledge of God.
Lord, through Your great riches, give me timely
literature, time, money and energy to put in hard work to
prayerfully study. By these efforts, may my character and
mind be transformed with proper convictions to escape from
the lust and the rottenness within me.
May I have the mind to obey You like a child. May I not
slip back into my old ways doing evil. May I be holy now in
everything I do just as You are holy. May I be holy in all
manner of conversation. May my attitude be like that of Lord
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my mind and human reasoning. Help me, O Lord, to evaluate
smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected
keepYour tools ready at hand for clearing the ground of every
obstruction, like my Lord Jesus, who dealt with Satan with the
written Word. Blessed Spirit of God, may I be united withYou
As a Christian, may I live as Christ Jesus lived. O Lord,
deliver me from being carnally-minded. Make me spiritually-
minded. So, Blessed Lord God, make it my aim to please
You always in everything by doing the works of faith. May
I, while passing through this world of sense, walk by faith
and not by sight, never doubting Lord Jesus. May I believe
You O Lord, growing stronger in faith and trust and that
Your name be praised. I bind my mind to the mind of Christ
to think like Jesus my Lord, Amen.
ii) The Heart is a well-spring of the Life
Lord Jesus, having understood from Your Word, the
deceitfulness of my heart, I humbly come beforeYou to plead
for Your grace to guard my heart and its desires. Thank You
Lord Jesus, for making me close to Your heart by saving
me. I pray to You, O Lord God, for strength to guard my
heart, which is the wellspring of life. I trust You, O Lord
God, with all my heart and choose not to lean on my own
Lord, I don't want to be beaten anymore and persist with
rebellious heart. I acknowledge, O Lord that my whole head is
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injured, and my whole heart is afflicted. My heart is calloused;
my ears are dull; my eyes are closed. O Lord, I want to
O Lord, kindly be gracious to me and soften my heart. O Lord,
Joseph. O Lord, like Moses, may I refuse to enjoy the fleeting
O God Almighty, I acknowledge that You are the Lord
God who searches my heart and examines my mind, to
reward me according to my conduct, and according to what
my deeds deserve. So I pray, O Lord, may I not continue
with my own plans and follow the stubbornness of my evil
heart. May not the pride of my heart deceive me. May I not
trust in man, and depend on flesh for my strength. Let not
my heart turn away from You.
O Lord, I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded
within me. May I respond to Your rebuke, O Lord, so that
You may pour out Your heart to me and make Your thoughts
known to me. May I turn my ear to wisdom and apply my
heart to understanding, so that wisdom will enter my heart,
and knowledge shall be pleasant to my soul.
O Lord, fill my heart with greater joy than when grain
and new wine abound. May I praise You, O Lord God, with
all my heart to tell of all Your wonders. O Lord, deal with
the war in my thoughts and every day sorrow of my heart.
O Lord God, may I trust in Your unfailing love and may
my heart rejoice in Your salvation. May I perceive Your
instructions to my heart even at night. May my heart be glad
and my tongue rejoice and my body rest secure. May I resolve
not to sin with my mouth. May I speak the truth from my
May the precepts of the Lord give joy to my heart, give
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of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord God, my Rock
and my Redeemer. O Blessed Spirit of God, help me to have an
of my heart and make all my plans succeed. O Lord God, like
the way You have granted Christ the desire of His heart and
me, O Lord. Grant me cleanness of hands and a purity of heart,
When the troubles of my heart multiply, free me, O Lord, from
Test me, O Lord God, and try me, examine my heart
and my mind. Give me robustness of heart not to fear when
an army besieges me. Though a war breaks out against me,
may I, even then be confident. May my heart seek Your face,
O Lord. May I have strong heart to wait for You, O Lord. O
Lord, since You are my strength and my shield, may my
heart trust in You and get helped.
May my heart, O Lord, thus leap for joy and give thanks
to You in song and my heart sing spiritual songs, O Lord.
Let my heart rejoice in You. Help me, O Blessed Spirit of
God, to delight myself in Lord Jesus. May the law of God
be in my heart so that my feet do not slip. Lord, I am feeble.
I get easily crushed and groan in anguish of heart. My heart
pounds, my strength fails me, even the light goes from my
eyes. Have mercy on me Jesus, O Son of David, Amen.
iii) The Heart is deceitful above All things
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deceitfulness lies, so that I may desire to do the Will of God.
May my heart grow hot within me, as I meditateYourWord, O
Lord. Let the fire burn and let my tongue speak like Peter, the
speak of Your faithfulness and salvation by the power of the
great assembly. O Lord, grant me whole hearted submission to
O Lord Jesus, may not my sins overtake me and close
my eyes and fail my heart. May my heart be stirred by a
noble theme of the person of Christ. May my mouth speak
words of wisdom and utter from my heart with
understanding. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew
a steadfast spirit within me. O Lord, deliver me from the
stubbornness of my heart.
O Lord God, may I offer the sacrifices of a broken and a
contrite heart. O Lord, may not the terrors of death assail
me to sink my heart in anguish within me; O Lord make my
heart steadfast, to sing praises to You all the time. May I call
upon You when my heart grows faint even from the ends of
the earth, so that You may lead me to the rock that is higher
O Lord, may I not set my heart on stolen goods, or on
sudden increase of riches. O Lord, may I not cherish sin in
my heart. When my heart is grieved and my spirit embittered,
may I quickly return to You, O Lord. May I remember my
songs in the night, and may my heart muse and my spirit
inquire. May my soul yearn for the courts of the Lord God
and may my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
O Lord God, give me an undivided heart, that I may fear
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a heart of wisdom. May I walk in my house with a blameless
heart. May the men of perverse heart be far from me that I may
O Lord, deliver me from haughty eyes and a proud heart.
May not my heart be blighted and withered like grass; May
I extol my Lord Jesus with all my heart in the council of the
upright and in the assembly. Make my heart steadfast, and
help me trust in the Lord so that I will have no fear of bad
news. May my heart be secure with no fear so that in the
end I will look in triumph on my foes.
O Lord, may I hide Your Word in my heart that I might
not sin against You. May I set my heart on Your laws. Set
my heart free, O Lord. Give me understanding, and I will
keep Your law and obey it with all my heart. Turn my heart
toward Your statutes and not toward selfish gain. May I seek
Your face with all my heart so that You will be gracious to
me according to Your promise.
May my heart be blameless towardYour decrees, O Lord
that I may not be put to shame. May Your statutes be my
heritage forever that they may be the joy of my heart. May
my heart be set on keeping Your decrees to the very end, O
Lord. May my heart tremble at Your Word. Search me, O
God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious
thoughts. Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take
part in the wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; Let
me not eat of their delicacies. Lord Jesus, have mercy on
iv) The Heart is a fountain of Pollution
Blessed Spirit of God, take full liberty to write love and
faithfulness on the tablet of my heart. May I lay hold Your
Words with all my heart and keep Your commands and live.
May I not be careless to let them out of my sight, but keep them
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within my heart; May I not hate discipline; May not my heart
spurn correction; May I not lust in my heart after the beauty of
to her ways or stray into her paths.
O Lord God, remove perverseness and foolishness of
my heart. Let not anxiety weigh my heart down. May not
my hopes be deferred to make my heart sick. O Lord, keep
my heart from bitterness. May my heart be at peace to obtain
the life of Christ into my body. May I maintain a happy and
a cheerful heart. Give me, O Lord, a discerning heart that
seeks knowledge. May my heart be in Your hand, O Lord, to
be turned as You please.
Let not my heart envy sinners, but always be zealous
for the fear of the Lord God. Let not my heart be heavy.
May not my heart harbor deceit. Abominations may not fill
my heart, O Lord. May I bring joy to Your heart; May I
always fear the Lord God. May I not harden my heart and
fall into trouble. May I deny myself the desire of my eyes
and refuse sinful pleasure for my heart. May my heart take
delight in all my work, which is the reward for all my labor.
May not my heart despair over all my toilsome labor
under the sun. Help me not to lose heart or be afraid, O
Lord, when rumors of violence are heard in the land and of
ruler against ruler. May I keep in my heart, that God will
bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked. May I
not be quick with my mouth, and be hasty in my heart to
utter anything beforeYou, O God. Let there be perfect control
over my tongue. O God, keep me occupied with gladness of
heart. O Lord God, give me wealth, possessions and honor,
so that I lack nothing my heart desires, but Lord God, give
me those things which You will enable me to enjoy. May I
not take bribe to corrupt my heart.
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Lord God, help me banish anxiety from my heart to cast
off the troubles of my body. May my heart love Lord Jesus.
I will raise my throne above the stars of God apart fromYou, O
May I believe Your promises with all my heart: (1) "He
tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His
arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads
those that have young." (2) "For this is what the high and
lofty One says--He who lives forever, whose name is holy: I
live in a high and holy place,but also with him who is contrite
and lowly in spirit,to revive the spirit of the lowly and to
revive the heart of the contrite". (3)"Then you will look and
be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the
wealth on the seas will be brought to you,to you the riches
of the nations will come." 40
O Lord, You have announced the battle cry. But the
Church is deaf. But I pray O Lord God, that my heart may
pound within me, and let me not keep silent. May Your Word
be in my heart like a fire. O Lord, give us shepherds after
Your own heart, who will lead us with knowledge and
May not my eyes and my heart be set on dishonest gain,
shedding innocent blood, oppression and extortion. O Lord,
wash the evil from my heart. May I not harbor wicked
Give me a heart to know You, that You are the Lord of
lords and King of kings. May I return to You with all my
heart. As per Your promise may I seek You and find You by
seekingYou with all my heart. May I understand, asYou fully
accomplish the purposes ofYour heart, in days to come. May I
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recognize the yearning of Your heart for me and Your great
compassion that is drawing me towardsYou. O Lord, give me
singleness of heart and action, so that I will always fearYou for
my own good and the good of my children after me. May my
cry out over the nations and lament their destruction.
O Lord God, I bind my heart to the heart of Christ that it
may move like that of Lord Jesus. Blessed Spirit of God,
help me to maintain a humble and prayerful heart, like
Samuel did and worshipful heart, like David did through
out the day. Lord, help me to improve upon the intuition by
being in fellowship with You, to see Your path clearly and
walk in it. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
v) Prayer for the filling of the Holy Spirit
Lord Jesus, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to
comfort me to remove the orphan feeling. May I feel You O
Lord, as I read Your Word. O Lord God, I acknowledge that
without the filling of the Holy Spirit, the study of Your Word
is not a study at all, it is like the crop without rain.
So, O Lord, give me the abundance of Your Spirit.
Remove my darkness and give me greater illumination.
Scatter all my bad traits. Show forth Your mighty power
and subdue my sin. Make me walk in Jesus path.
O Blessed Spirit of God, I acknowledge that all Your
gifts are good. Since, Your highest gift is Love, fill me with
Your love which is more powerful than death and eternal.
O Holy Spirit, remove my sinful desires. Give me skill
to handle evil temptations. Descend on me, O Spirit of God
and make me obedient toYou. Come from the four sides of the
earth and fill me sevenfold. LetYour kind eye be upon me. Fill
me with Your love. Sanctify me by Your grace and kindness.
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Give life to my dry bones. Lead me into all truth. O Spirit of
to shine in Your light to have pleasant heart to be adorned by
Help me, O Spirit of God to speak by Your inspiration.
O Lord God, give me strength of wisdom to preach the
Gospel to all humans. O Lord, use me in Your service with
exaltation. By Your light nullify my unbelief. O the Fountain
of Holiness, Generator of peace, give me steadfast mind to
perform Your comands. When trials come on my way, may
I not fear. Like mighty warrior, give me strength to my body
to run in Your path. O the Fountain of life, You are the fire
of love, You are my gift and You are the One that comforts
O Holy Spirit, I acknowledge that You are the hand of
God.All gifts areYours.You being the Promise of the Father,
being light, shine through me. Boldness in utterance of
speech isYours.Anointing isYours. So, come upon me. Drive
out the enemies of my soul. Walk before me. Show me the
Father and the Son. Help me to believe You. As You live in
my heart, grant me Your rare gifts to spread Your influence
O Blessed Spirit of God, by being fire of Heaven,
sanctify me and use me in Your service. By being the candle
of Light, cover my self-righteousness and impart the
righteousness of Lord Jesus. Give me, Your strength and
make me fruitful, a fruitless person.
O Lord, loosen my bonds and come upon my head. Drive
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onYour face, make me beholdYour glory to get beauty to my
O Holy Spirit,You are the one that softens the hard hearts.
and enthusiasm. Comfort me and protect me. Give me good
spirit. Protect me from being scattered. O Spirit of truth, please
With Your powerful strength, O Holy Spirit, make me
do divine acts. O Lord come as the teacher of the Word of
God and explain everything to me. Remove all my pains
and give me happiness.
Holy Spirit of God lead me to the throne of grace. O
Lord, be merciful to me in my irritations. Take me into Your
hands and wipe out my toilsomeness and grant me eagerness
to come to the cross. O Divine Spirit of God, create and
increase love for You and disclose the power of the blood of
Christ. Give me meaning to my life, chase all fears and help
me to serve at the feet of Lord Jesus.
O Spirit of God, be my close companion in all my
worries. Revive my drooping and fading faith. Cut off all
my doubts and make my faith in Lord Jesus to flourish. O
Lord, I acknowledge that You are the support of holy
behaviour. Complete my Salvation experience. May I know
Divine Will without any ambiguity. Give me grip in prayer.
O Lord God, give me the Holy Spirit, like the way You gave
to the Apostles and help me do wonderful works. For Jesus
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v) Loving our Neighbour
Jesus said, "Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide
for behaviour: Ask yourself what you want people
to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for
them. Add up God's Law and Prophets and this is
what you get." 41
O Lord, I beseech You, to form a proper temper toward
my fellow-creatures. May I love my neighbour as myself,
and whatsoever I would that others should do unto me, may
I also do the same unto them. I confess that I am weak in
this particular principle. O Lord, I need much grace to behave
in this manner.
O Lord, may I put on meekness under the greatest
injuries and provocations and, if it be possible, may I live
peaceably with all men. May I be merciful, as my Father in
heaven is merciful and speak the truth from my heart in love.
May I guard against every instance of a censorious and
malignant disposition and taking care not to judge severely.
O Lord, may I become like Lord Jesus, preferring alleviating
the pain of the suffering humanity than preaching to them.
May I regard maintaining good relationships with my fellow-
humans as of utmost importance than winning arguments.
May I work for their good at all times.
I entreat You, O Lord, to work in me all those
qualifications of the Christian temper which may render it
peculiarly acceptable to You and may prove ornamental to
my profession in the world. Renew, I beseech You O Lord, a
right spirit within me and make me an Israelite indeed, in
whom there is no allowed guile. Lord Jesus, like You, may I
have the grace to love my enemies and those who irritate and
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poor, strangers and orphans. May I treat women with dignity
Make me, I beseech You, OAlmighty and unchangeable
touched with an affectionate concern forYour glory among my
May I be zealous for my God, with a zeal according to
knowledge and charity to serve my generation. As I live in
this crooked and perverse generation, teach me in Your
service to join the wisdom of the serpent with the boldness
of the lion and the innocence of the dove. Thus render me,
by Your grace a shining image of my dear Redeemer. May
Your name be not blasphemed because of my conduct among
my people. O Father of mercies, whose invaluable gift is
our Jesus and the Holy Spirit, through whose gracious
influence, as I call upon You, change me to be a different
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"The Day of Pentecost had now arrived. As
the believers met together that day, suddenly there was a
sound like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies
above them and it filled the house where they were meeting.
Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared
and settled on their heads. And everyone present was filled
with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in languages they
didn't know, for the Holy Spirit gave them this ability." 42
Hover o'er me, Holy Spirit,
Bathe my trembling heart and brow;
Fill me with Thy hallowed presence,
Come, O come and fill me now.
Fill me with Thy hallowed presence,
Come, O come, and fill me now.
(Elwood Stokes, 1879)
The sprinkling of the blood of Lord Jesus by the
anointing of the Holy Spirit is indispensable to assist us to
move forward as a Christian. Resolutions prove ineffectual.
But we need not give up in despair due to falling and rising
cycle. Divine grace is there and we must seek it.
Christ is the anointed one. He alone can anoint us.
Anointing accomplishes mighty acts of God. God of Bethel
acts on behalf of the anointed.Anointing ordains duties in the
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Kingdom of God. Without anointing we cannot serve God
and exaltation to the anointed; The anointed alone can do
by the blood of Christ and meditating God's Word; All good
Further, the Spirit of the Lord will come upon the anointed
God is the strength and a fortress of salvation for his anointed;
the anointed ones; They shall be prophets; God will not reject
the anointed; God will speak to the anointed.
5.2 The Bible on the Anointing
1. "Drink the Spirit of God, huge droughts of him."
2. "Don't you think the Father who conceived you in
love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him."
3. God spoke to Moses: "See what I've done; I've
personally chosen Bezalel. I've filled him with the
Spirit of God, giving him skill and knowledge and
expertise in every kind of craft to create designs
4. "Stephen, the man so full of faith and the Holy
Spirit's power, did spectacular miracles among the
5. "There has never been the slightest doubt in my
mind that the God who started work in you would
keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish".
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6. "Through your supplication and the supply of the
Spirit of Jesus Christ".
7. "We have all benefited from the rich blessings He
brought to us-blessing upon blessing heaped upon
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5.3 A Prayer for the Anointing
O Lord Christ, who anoints me, I call upon You. I thank
You for Your mighty grace of anointing a sinful person like
me. Thank You Lord Jesus, for the blessings embedded in
Your anointing. May these signs be fulfilled in me, O Lord,
to do whatever my hand finds to do. LetYour anointing make
Your presence real to me.
I acknowledge Your Word, which says, "He gives his
king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his
anointed." "Now I know that the Lord God saves his
anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the
saving power of his right hand."44
Lord Jesus, thank You for the provisions of Your Gospel
- the message of my salvation. I adore You, for signing Your
new covenant with Your own blood. Thank You Lord Jesus,
for giving me anointing that teaches me all truth about You.
Thank You Lord, for Your permanent gift of anointing.
Thank You Lord Jesus, for the first installment of what
is coming. You have given me the hope by the residence of
the Holy Spirit that I will get everything what You planned
for me - a praising and glorious life as I pray.ThankYou Jesus,
abide in this anointing due to lack of prayer and submission. I
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missed so much of exuberant life. Father forgive me for
O Lord, Your Word says, "it shall come to pass in that
day, that his burden shall be taken away from off your
shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall
be destroyed because of the anointing". 45
Lord Jesus, I come
to You for the baptism of the Holy Spirit to obtain Your
anointing to break off all my yokes that were laid upon me
by Satan, the world and the flesh. Be merciful unto me, O
Son of God.
Grant me, O Lord God, an increase of Your anointing to
destroy the works of the Devil in my flesh. O the Spirit of
the Lord, come upon me by the anointing of Lord Jesus to
preach good tidings unto the meek; Send me to bind up the
brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the
opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim
the acceptable year of the Lord God; To comfort all that
As I mourn in Zion, give me beauty for ashes, the oil of
joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of
heaviness that I might be called a tree of righteousness, the
planting of the Lord God that Jesus might be glorified.
O Lord, like the way Your anointing came upon David,
Samson, the prophets and the apostles, may the Pentecostal
anointing of the Holy Spirit come upon me. O Lord God,
like the way the anointing oil was poured on the head of
Aaron and drenched the whole of his garments from top to
bottom, may I be soaked in the Holy Spirit's anointing.
O Lord, give me anointing to preach with power. Give
me, O Lord, such an anointed preaching that the signs and
wonders accompany it. Give me, O Lord, anointing that makes
Jesus real to me.
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Build the life of Christ in me, O Spirit of God, by Your
anointing. Let Your anointing make me see Your road signs
every where along the road of Christ. O Lord, let me cling
to Your path. Give me insight that I may be with obedient
response to travel on Your free way. Divert my eyes from
glittering toys. Invigorate me on the pilgrim way. Affirm
Your promises to me, O Lord. Let Your anointing deflect
fiery arrows of the enemy.
Blessed God, let Your loving anointing make me able to
stand up to the mockery of those who hate Your Gospel.
May I be enabled to speak boldly in public unembarrassed
of the wonderful life transformation by Your Gospel. In bad
times may I have the power of Christ to firmly hold on to
Your Word. Rejuvenate me to stand up to the insolent's
ridicule of the Gospel. May I not budge even for a moment
like Paul who withstood Peter. May I see Your smiling face
in my dark times. Help me feel You, O Lord, being above
grief. Deliver me from dragged feet to be quick to follow
Blessed God, I sincerely acknowledged before You my
own weakness and insufficiency for any thing that is
spiritually good. I have experienced it a thousand times. Lord
let this prayer provide Your gracious anointing upon me and
cover up multitude of my sins.
O Lord, be pleased to shed abroad Your sanctifying
anointing on my soul, to form me for every duty You require.
Implant, I beseech You every grace and virtue deep in my
heart and maintain the happy temper in the midst of those
assaults from within and from without, to which I am
continually liable while I am still in this world and carry about
with me so many infirmities. Fill my breast, O Lord, I beseech
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You, with good affections towardsYou, my God, and towards
me. May I therefore guard against the first risings of sin and the
first approaches to it and that Satan may not find room for his
my heart with the Holy Spirit and take upYour residence there.
Holy Ghost. For Jesus sakeAmen.
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6 An Approach to the Bible
Break Thou the bread of life, Dear Lord to me
As Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea
Beyond the Sacred page I seek Thee, Lord
My spirit pants forThee, O LivingWord!
(Mary Lathbury, 1877)
Our aim in approaching the Bible must be to listen to
the voice of God. It should not be acquiring some knowledge.
Herein lies the consolation of the Holy Spirit. Let us learn
to see Christ in the Scriptures. Take the Lord's Supper very
Be glad to allocate a good bit of time for studying the
Holy Scriptures. Shut the door with the Word of God.
Obtaining letter will kill us. But acquiring the spirit of the
to obey. Filling ourselves with the Word of God with due
The Bible must be read with utmost care. It should be like
the blood on the book and the people before he read from the
Book. So make it a practice to sprinkle the blood of Christ by
the Holy Spirit on you and the Bible before reading.
6.2 God's Way of the Revelation
1. "He (Resurrected Christ Jesus) sat down at the
Table with them. Taking the bread, He blessed and
gave it to them. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-
eyed, they recognized Him".
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2. Moses said, "Please. Let me see your Glory". God
said, "I will make My Goodness pass right in front
of you; I'll call out the name, GOD, right before
3. "I will listen to what God the LORD will say".
4. "Your words are so choice, so tasty; I prefer them
to the best home cooking".
5. God came and stood before him exactly as before,
calling out "Samuel! Samuel!" Samuel answered,
"Speak, I'm your servant, ready to listen".
6. "You have God-blessed eyes - eyes that see! And
God blessed-ears ears that hear. A lot of people,
prophets and humble believers among them, would
have given anything to see what you are seeing, to
hear what you are hearing, but never had the
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6.3 A Prayer for the Study of the Bible
i) Approaching the Bible
Almighty God, I thankYou and praiseYou, for giving me
was given to me by the inspiration from You and is useful to
teach me what is true and to make me realize what is wrong in
point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.
I adoreYou, for empowering men of God to be moved by
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the Holy Spirit, to write the sacred Book. I praiseYou, O Lord
God, for preservingYour Word, as living bread, amidst much
persecution. I thankYou for all those who shed their blood to
protect The Bible. I thank You for the Bible Society and the
efforts of translating the Grand Old Book into more than 2500
submit whole heartedly to its authority. MayYourWord be my
boundary, O Lord.
O Great and Holy God, I lift up my eyes to You. Though
I am not worthy yet Your great mercy and faithful promise
in the Word, have now encouraged me to lift the eyes of the
desire of my soul up to You. For my soul has now laid hold
I am a strange child which was disobedient untoYou yet now
desire to be obedient toYou.
Lord, I desire to obtain the life of Christ through the
meditation of Your blessed Word. Lord teach me the skill of
became Man, which became flesh and blood, and has broken
sin and death in my humanity, which has changed the anger of
God into love unto the soul, has deprived death of his power,
for my Soul to the clear face ofYour strength and power.
O Great and Most Holy God, I have brought the hunger
and desire of my soul into Your most Holy Word, and now I
come before You and in my hunger call unto You, living
fountain, through Your Word which became flesh and blood.
May Your Word be made life in my flesh. May I firmly
receive Your Word into the desire of my soul as my own
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life of Christ - His holy conception in the Virgin Mary, His
incarnation, His holy nativity, His baptism in the Jordan, His
Lord, I confess that so far I read the Bible for acquiring
some knowledge and principles of life but I could not earn
the person of Christ. Though it was Christ's Word, it acted
like a law and sin was revived in my flesh. Thus, though I
longed to have a life and conduct which exemplifies Christ's
Word, I couldn't but live a miserable life. Now, O Lord God,
Holy Word. Grant me O Lord God, my Christ, the power and
life to overcome temptations instigated by Satan by my flesh.
on me and the Bible seven times.ThankYou JesusAmen.
ii) Obtaining the Person of Christ
Christ and drink His blood. Blessed Spirit of God reveal to me
and His blood is true drink. They are my food and drink for my
O deepest love in the sweetest Name Jesus, giveYourself
into the desire of my soul. O Sweet Truth, though I am not
worthy to desire it ofYour holiness, yet I come toYou through
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withYour blood and sanctified me inYour humanity.You have
made an open gate for me through Your death. So I come to
throughYourWord make Jesus real to me.
O Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man, I pray, kindly
O Lord, may the Holy Power of Your Word change me
into Christ's image. Make me truly the temple of the Holy
"We will come to you and make Our abode with you". O Great
Love of Jesus Christ, I can do no more than sink my desire into
have bidden me come, now I come. Be it unto me according to
O the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and withThee, my God
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
(Fanny Crosby, 1875)
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7. The Lord's Supper
The stripes that He bore and the thorns that He wore
Told His mercy and love ever more (ever more)
And my heart bowed in shame as I called on His name
And Calvary covers it all.
Calvary covers it all, My past with its sin and stain;
My guilt and despair Jesus took on Him there,
(Mrs. Walter Taylor)
Receive the emblems of Christ with reverence. Recognize
the goodness and love of God in the sacrament. Discover the
spiritual benefit in receiving the Lord's Supper. Worthy
participation issues huge benefits. Recognize the dignity of the
sacrament. Prepare well for it. Search the conscience and ask
God's help to change for better. The whole of Christ's sacrifice
on the cross must be in the mind.
Do not lightly abstain from Holy Communion. Recognize the
necessity and the power of the blood of Christ, the Holy
Scriptures and the Holy Spirit. Seek for total union with Christ.
The Lord Jesus himself instituted theTable.TheAuthority
solemnly pressed on the conscience. The apprehensions of
unfitness must be handled by the Word of God. Weakness of
grace and serious thoughtfulness on this subject is absolutely
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7.2 The Observance of the Lord's Supper
1. "Come to Me. Get away with Me and you'll recover
2. "I am the Bread of life. Anyone eating this Bread
will not die, ever. I am the Bread - living Bread! -
who came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats
this Bread will live - and forever! The Bread that I
present to the world so that it can eat and live is
myself, this flesh-and-blood self."
3. Paul said, "Let me go over with you again exactly
what goes on in Lord's Supper and why it is so
certainly important. I received my instructions from
the Master himself and passed them on to you. The
Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took
bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said,
this is my body, broken for you. Do this in remember
me. After Supper, he did the same thing with the
cup. This cup is My blood, My new covenant with
you. Each time you drink the cup, remember Me."
4. "Every word I've spoken to you is a Spirit-word,
and so it is life making."
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7.3 A Prayer for the participation
i) The Cross of Christ
about the crucifixion of Lord Jesus, the Messiah. O the
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beyond our heads. We can't figure it out. Oh the depth of the
areYour judgments andYour paths beyond tracing out.
seedling on this earth without any pomp and glory. There was
that He is a scum to be ignored. There was no room for Jesus
when He was born on this earth. Amazing and beyond my
eyes to see Jesus as the man who carried away my pains, and
my disfigurements. O God, You have punished Jesus for my
failures. My sins ripped Him, and crushed Him. ThankYou O
triune God. Jesus took my punishment and made me whole.
Through His bruises I am healed. Thank You O God, for You
I raise a throne of praises for Lord Jesus, who was beaten
and tortured for my sake. He took all silently. Justice was
miscarried. He died without a thought for His own welfare.
Thank You Lord Jesus. The law court assigned You a place
with the wicked yet You did not crib. I thank You Lord Jesus
for having beaten with bloody death even though You never
hurt a soul. In fact we have hurt You beyond any tongue can
O God, to know that this is how You want to save
mankind, I simply admire and acknowledge that no genius
on earth can conceive such a design of salvation. Surely
So Lord God, I pray as the member of the body of Christ,
use me to proclaim that God in Christ Jesus took on His
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own shoulders the sin of all black sheep.
O Lord, I praise You once again that Your holy and
gracious Majesty foreseeing the fatal apostasy into which
the whole human race has fallen, did not determine to deal
in a way of strict and rigorous severity with us, so as to
consign us over to universal ruin and inevitable damnation,
but, on the contrary, You have determined to enter into a
treaty of peace and reconciliation, and to publish to all whom
the Gospel should reach, the express offers of life and glory,
in this certain method of the cross which Your infinite
O how astonishing is the message which I have this day
received! The name of a Saviour whose message it is, may
well be called 'Wonderful' who displays before all wonders
of love, and counsels of peace!
I prostrate in grateful admiration and kiss the very
footsteps of him that published the salvation. I thank You
for Your love on the cross had such a wonderful, peaceful
posture to look at a penitent thief to grant him the Paradise.
Lord I thank You and praise You that Your love can save
anybody. What shall I say? O Lord, I believe, Help my
Blessed for ever blessed be Your name, O Father of
mercies, that You have contrived the way. Eternal thanks to
the Lamb that was slain and to that kind providence that
this Gospel upon every soul through me till its saving virtue be
diffused over every faculty. Let it not only be heard, or
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a glow in my heart while these tidings are sounding in my ears.
For Jesus sakeAmen.
ii) The Preparation and the Reverence
O Lord, I being encouraged by Your Words, though my
offenses discourage me and my impure conscience is driving
me back from receiving the emblems of Christ, since You
commanded me to come, I come confidently to take part.
O Lord, I admire such lovingWords that spoke for sinners
Angels and archangels cannot stand in front ofYou. Holy and
Lord, I do not know how much of reverence I should maintain
to come toYour Table.
Noah took several decades to come inside Your ark.
Moses took several years to prepare the Tabernacle. Solomon
took seven years to erect a magnificent temple, offering
thousands of sacrifices to come to Your presence. How shall
I receive You into my house?
O Lord God, see, how great is my ignorance in
approaching the Lord's Supper which was personally
instituted byYour Son Jesus Himself. In the Old dispensation
I plead for the devotion of the prophets and the saints in
approaching theTable of the Lord.
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Help me, O Lord, to approach the Table like David with
exuberant joy and dancing. Let me believe that You are
present at the Table in the congregation of the saints. Let me
believe that here at the Lord's Table my blind eyes will be
opened to see Lord Jesus as the Christ as depicted in the
Law and the Prophets.
Thanks be toYou, O merciful Jesus and eternal Shepherd
that You consented to refresh me the spiritually poor with
Your precious body and blood. I, taking Your invitation
approach to receive these sacred mysteries, becauseYou have
iii) The Confessions
Table worthily. Kindly grant the help of the Holy Spirit in my
weakness. Blessed Spirit of God aid me to confess all my sins
of Christ upon me.
Examine me, O Lord and prove me, try my reins and
my heart. Reveal all my secret sins. Show me how I have
broken Your precepts in my habitual evil nature. But grant,
O Lord, I beseech You, Your tender mercy that I may not be
judged too severely which would discourage me to improve.
O Blessed Spirit of God, may the views of Christ, the
crucified be so familiar to my mind at the Lord's Table. May
a sense of His dying love so powerfully constrain my soul,
that I may consider it as the highest privilege to take part in
Lord Jesus, I lament and grieve because I am still so carnal
and worldly, so undisciplined in my passions, so full of sexual
desire. I acknowledge that I am unwatchful over my outward
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on inward things. I move very fast to immodesty than to
contriteness. I am fond of pleasures of flesh and dull towards
disciplined life and zeal. I am so curious about new things than
of abundance, less inclined to give, and very tenacious to keep.
unruly in manners and so troublesome in conduct. I am
immoderate about food and so deaf about the Word of God. I
am so quick to rest and slow to labour.
I confess that I am wakeful to gossips and so drowsy to
it is passive giving place to the Devil. I am negligent in prayers
I am quickly distracted and seldom composed.
I confess that I move quickly into anger and easily get
displeased with my neighbours. I am ready to judge and
severe in reproving. I am joyful in prosperity and weak in
Lord I plead for Your blood to wash me and energise me to
As I am joined to Your Church in spirit and in love I
heartily pray that Your blessing may be on all Your people
that You would feed your heritage, and lift them up for ever.
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all that loveYour salvation say, let the Lord be magnified, who
has pleasure in the prosperity of His servants.And I earnestly
may be duly careful to walk in Christ. Thus may we all be
prepared for the general assembly of the first-born, where the
slain Lamb of God our Christ Jesus will be present with the
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8. An Evening Prayer
For nothing good have I,
Where by Thy grace to claim
In the blood of Calvary's Lamb
Jesus paid it all,All to Him I owe;
Sin has left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
(Elvina Hall, 1865)
In the Scriptures we are told to offer sacrifices before God
realm works in the dark night. God moves in the middle of the
commit the night to God properly, the night will be effectively
Many have already reported that their sleep was not
sweet and they were battered by bad dreams etc. Night is as
important as the day. We must be under the protection of God
both day and night. Nothing is automatic. We don't require
anything to go down, but surely we need something to go
upwards. God's only mighty instrument is prayer to lift us up
both in the day and the night. So let us pray for the night.
8.2 A Prayer for the Night
O Most Gracious and Loving Heavenly Father, I
acknowledge thatYou are about my bed. I, wretched sinner, do
beseechYou to look upon me with the eyes of mercy. Knowing
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how grievously I have sinned against heaven and before You
during the day, O Lord, I come before You to confess all my
sins. I have transgressed many ofYour laws, not only through
negligence and infirmity, but oftentimes through willful
I am defiled with all manner of pollution and uncleanness.
My eyes took pleasure to behold vanity, my ears heard impure
and unchaste speeches, my tongue was used in evil speaking,
You. My feet have carried me after my own ways. My
understanding and reasoning were quick in all earthly matters,
O Lord, my sins are more in number than the hairs of my
infected. They make me seem vile in my own eyes, how much
O Lord God, sinning has taken away the conscience of sin
and brought upon me dullness of sense and hardness of heart. I
humbly beseechYou for the sake of the bitter death and bloody
offenses and open unto me that ever-streaming fountain of the
me beforeYour judgment seat.
O Lord, I render my humblest thanks for all the blessings
and benefits which You so graciously and plenteously have
bestowed upon my soul and body. I thankYou for this life, for
my election, creation, redemption, vocation, justification,
sanctification, and preservation from my childhood until this
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present day and hour and for the firm hope which You have
wealth, food, raiment, and prosperity and more especially, for
thatYou have defended me this day from all perils and dangers
both of the body and the soul, furnishing me with all necessary
AsYou have ordained the night to take rest, I beseechYou,
sanctify this night's rest and sleep, that I may enjoy sleep as a
sweet blessing and benefit. This dull and wearied body of mine
to walk before You in a better way tomorrow doing all such
good works asYou have appointed.
While I sleep, O Lord, watch over me in Your holy
providence, to protect me from all dangers, so that neither the
evil angels of Satan, nor any wicked enemy, have any power to
they may pitch their tents round about me for my defense and
safety. I here recommend myself and all that belong to me unto
Your holy protection and custody.
all that I have prayed in the name and mediation of Jesus Christ
me to say unto You: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your
heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our
debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into
temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the
kingdom and the power and the glory forever.Amen.
PART - IV
THE PROGRESS IN CHRISTIAN LIFE
To the extent you want to come near God, you can. - Joyce Meyer
9. AFriendly conversation
Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
I sing because I'm happy,
I sing because I'm free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.
"Let not your heart be troubled," His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
(Civilla Martin, 1905)
When Jesus is present everything is well and nothing
seems difficult. Martha said to Mary, "The teacher has come
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finds a good treasure. The poorest person is the one who lives
Be humble and peaceful, then you will feel the presence
of Lord Jesus, for He has said that He shall never leave you
nor forsake you. Lord Jesus is with us always.48
If we don't
trust and rejoice in the Lord Jesus, then we will act like fools.
Without continual fellowship with God we will make many
blunders. The poorest believer is richest than any rich man
of this world because of the Lord Jesus, who became poor
that through His poverty we might become rich.49
What type of conversation does Lord Jesus like? He likes
the most sinful talk from us! Because, at His birth the Heaven
named Him as Jesus, which means "He shall save His people
from their sins." Isaiah in Chapters 1 and 53 recorded that
the Lord Jesus died for our griefs, sorrows, transgressions,
iniquities, ill-health, our going astray, and our guilt. It is
Being a thrice Holy God,50
the God-head, in Christ Jesus
are inviting us to have freeness in discussing our sinful life
with them. This type of conversation pleases the Lord Jesus,
for it is His expertize, specialization and His office. If we
take liberty and discuss our sinful problems with Jesus, then,
He will find a way out from our sin. Lord Jesus is glorified
and satisfied, when He fulfills His office of deliverance of
every sin in us. Because John the Apostle wrote in His first
epistle, that the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin, let
us allow the Lord Jesus to do His job by closely sharing our
sin with Him.
We need not bother the Lord Jesus about our particular
needs. May we recall, on our first birthday, without crying,
our parents have put on us the best robes. We must believe
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and trust that the One who loved and died for us, is better than
our earthly parents.51
Communion with God must be maintained from the
beginning of the day to the conclusion of the day for the
progress in Christian life. There should be seriousness in
devotion to the person Christ.
9.2 The Bible on the Communion with God
1. "Abraham believed God and was set right with
God. It's that believing and acting that got
Abraham named God's friend".
2. "Enoch steadily walked with God".
3. "Do two people walk hand in hand if they aren't
going to the same place?".
4. God assured us, "I'll never let you down, never
walk off and leave you".
9.3 A Prayer for the Dialogue
Almighty God, I do not know how to commune with
You and to have fellowship with Your dear Son, Lord Jesus.
Kindly grant the help of the Holy Spirit in my weakness.
Blessed Spirit of God aid me to have fellowship with Lord
Jesus in the spirit according to the Will of God. O Lord God,
may I recognize that it is the highest privilege to have
conversation with Christ, and I shall be benefited by it.
O Lord, I am sincere for a few hours of the day in
thinking about You, but when I engage in business, I slip
away and do my own thing. I pray for all day communion
with You, O Lord. Teach me Your ways, O Lord, as You
have enabled my forefathers who lived in continual
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communion with the Holy Spirit. I need Your grace, O Lord.
Let not temptations, trails, pain distract me in pursuing after
Lord Jesus, I want to converse with You, like the way I
share with my best friend. Often I am too formal with You,
hiding my real sinful problems. Blessed Spirit of God, may
I take the courage to talk to Christ Jesus, who is with me,
about my griefs, sorrow, transgressions, iniquities, ill-health,
going astray, and my guilt. Even if I fail repeatedly, may I
freely discuss the matters with the Lord Jesus.
Lift up, O Lord, the light of Your countenance upon me.
May my faculties be roused from the broken state in which
they lay, to converse with You. Enable my heart to pour out
itself before You with a filial reverence, freedom, and
endearment. May I hearken toYou, as I desire thatYou should
hearken unto me. Lord Jesus may I derive new supplies of
the blessed Spirit of Yours, to effectively dialogue with You.
Thus prepared, O Lord, lead me forth by Your hand to
all the duties and events of the day in a way I maintain and
practice Your presence. May I abide with You, not being
slothful in business, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.
In all matters I want to be in touch with You, O Lord. O
Lord,You know the sin in my flesh doesn't like it. So Blessed
Spirit of God, with Your uplifted hand subdue the sin in my
flesh that it may not be tricked by the Law into deception of
cutting myself from You.
ToYour glory, O Lord, may the labours of life be pursued
within the boundaries of the Gospel. Whether I eat, or drink,
or whatever I do, may I keep You in view, and may it be
attained. May I serve You with greater vigor and resolution
by being in fellowship with You, for Jesus sake, Amen.
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10. The Discouragements
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
(Joseph Scriven, 1855)
difficulties in the way to heaven. Therefore a more particular
The Christian is quickened and encouraged by various
considerations to oppose them, particularly by the presence
of God, the aids of Christ, the example of others, who, though
feeble, have conquered. For those who withstand without
giving in are promised the crown of glory. Therefore, though
the apostasy is prevalent, the Christian may press on
10.2 The Bible on the Discouragements
1. "When they finished their survey and returned from
the valley of Eshcol, they discouraged the people
from going on into the Promised Land."
2. "In the past you have told many a troubled soul to
trust in God and have encouraged those who are
weak or falling, or lie crushed upon the ground or
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are tempted to despair. But now when trouble
strikes, you faint and are broken."
3. "Keep your eyes open for spiritual danger; stand
true to the Lord; act like men; be strong."
4. "We naturally love to do evil things that are just
the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit
tells us to do; and the good things we want to do
when the Spirit has His way with us are just the
opposite of our natural desires. These two forces
within us are constantly fighting each other to win
control over us, and our wishes are never free from
their pressures. When you are guided by the Holy
Spirit, you need no longer force yourself to obey
5. "Do not let this happy trust in the Lord die away,
no matter what happens. Remember your reward!
You need to keep on patiently doing God's will if
you want him to do for you all that he has
6. "It was fitting for Him, for whom are all things
and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons
to glory, to make the captain of their salvation
perfect through sufferings. For both He who
sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are
all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to
call them brethren."
7. "Don't be afraid!" Elisha told him. "For our army
is bigger than theirs!"
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10.3 A Prayer for the Courage
Blessed God, I flee to Your refuge to take shelter under
Your mighty wings. Behold me surrounded with difficulties
and dangers and stretch out Your omnipotent arm to save
me. O You that saves by Your right hand them that put their
trust inYou, from those that rise up against them, have mercy
on me. This day do I solemnly put myself under Your
protection. Exert Your power in my favour, and permit me
to make the shadow ofYour wings my refuge. LetYour grace
be sufficient for me and Your strength be made perfect in
I dare not say, I will never forsake You, or I will never
deny You, but I hope, I can truly say, O Lord, I do not like to
disappoint You. According to my present apprehension and
purpose, death would appear to me much less terrible, than
in any willful and deliberate instance to offend You. O root
out those corruptions from my heart, which in an hour of
pressing temptation might incline me to view things in a
different light, and so might betray me into the hands of the
Strengthen my faith, O Lord, and encourage my hope.
Inspire me with heroic resolution in opposing every thing
that lies in my way to heaven and let me set my face like a
flint against all the assaults of the earth and the hell. If sinners
entice me, let me not consent; if they insult me, let me not
regard it; if they threaten me, let me not fear. Rather may a
holy and ardent, yet prudent and well-governed zeal, take
control of me to follow Jesus without being discouraged.
Let me never be ashamed to plead Your cause against the
most profane deriders of religion. O Lord, make me to hear
joy and gladness in my soul and I will endeavor to teach
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transgressors Your ways, that sinners may be converted unto
Yea, Lord, while my fears continue, yet I would be Your
advocate. Keep me, O Lord, now, and at all times. Never let
me think, whatever age or station I attain, that I am strong
enough to maintain the combat without You. Nor let me
imagine myself, even in this infancy of my soul, that You
can not support me. Wherever You lead me, there let me
follow and whatever station You appoint me there let me
labour. Let me maintain the holy war against all the enemies
of my salvation.
O glorious Redeemer, the Captain of my salvation, the
great Author and Finisher of my faith, when I am in danger
of denying You, as Peter did, look upon me with that mixture
of majesty and tenderness, which may either secure me from
falling, or may speedily recover me to God. Teach me to
take occasion, even from my miscarriages, to humble myself
more deeply for all that has been amiss, and to redouble my
future diligence and caution, for Jesus' sake, Amen.
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11. The Temptations
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
(Joseph Scriven, 1855)
As long as we live in this world we cannot be without
tribulation and temptation. Therefore all of us should guard
ourselves against temptations and watch in prayer.
Temptations are God's design to humble us, purify us and to
instruct us. We are born with an inclination to sin and the
root of it is within us. If one temptation goes then another
comes. We cannot overcome by running away from them.
By patience and humility we can overcome. We must work
toward uprooting evil inclinations.
An unsteady mind and little trust in God are fertile
grounds for evil desires, like a ship without rudder tossed
by the waves. Let us look to Jesus Christ who overcame
temptations by the Written Word. He overcame all the three:
lust of the eyes and the lust of flesh, and the pride of life
which came upon Him by the Devil's instigation.
As fire tries the iron, so temptations tries the just person.
We must be watchful at the beginning of the temptation.
Some suffer at the beginning and others suffer at the later
end. Don't give in to despair. Particular cautions are required
against a sluggish and indolent temper, against the excessive
love of sensitive pleasure leading to a neglect of business
and needless expense.
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against excessive hurry of worldly business, which is enforced
of God makes us overcome temptations. Our own strength and
11.2 The Scripture's wisdom
1. "How mankind must struggle. A man's life is long
and hard, like that of a slave."
2. "Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will
overpower you. For the spirit indeed is willing,
but how weak the body is!"
3. "Be careful-watch out for attacks from Satan, your
great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry,
roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart."
4. "The hard path where some of the seeds fell
represents the heart of a person who hears the
Good News about the Kingdom and doesn't
understand it; then Satan comes and snatches away
the seeds from his heart. The shallow, rocky soil
represents the heart of a man who hears the
message and receives it with real joy, but he doesn't
have much depth in his life, and the seeds don't
root very deeply, and after a while when trouble
comes, or persecution begins because of his beliefs,
his enthusiasm fades, and he drops out. The ground
covered with thistles represents a man who hears
the message, but the cares of this life and his
longing for money choke out God's Word, and he
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does less and less for God."
5. "Temptation is the pull of man's own evil thoughts
and wishes. These evil thoughts lead to evil actions
and afterwards to the death penalty from God. So
don't be misled, dear brothers."
6. "But remember this-the wrong desires that come
into your life aren't anything new and different.
Many others have faced exactly the same problems
before you. And no temptation is irresistible. You
can trust God to keep the temptation from becoming
so strong that you can't stand up against it, for he
has promised this and will do what he says. He
will show you how to escape temptation's power
so that you can bear up patiently against it."
7. "Therefore gird up your minds, be sober, set your
hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at
the revelation of Jesus Christ."
8. "Christ didn't please Himself."
9. "If you want to keep from becoming fainthearted
and weary, think about his patience as sinful men
did such terrible things to Him. After all, you have
never yet struggled against sin and temptation until
you sweat great drops of blood."
11.3 A Prayer for the Protection
Blessed Holy Spirit, in the midst of ten thousand snares
and dangers, which surround me from without and from
within, permit me to look up unto Christ with humble entreaty,
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that Your eyes may be upon me for good. When sloth and
with lively and affectionate views of that invisible and eternal
world to which I am tending. Remind me of what infinite
O Lord, when sinners entice me, may I not consent. May
holy converse with God give me a dislike for the conversation
of those who are strangers to You, and who would separate
my soul from You. May I honour them that fear the Lord
and walk with the wise and holy men. May I daily advance
in wisdom and holiness. Quicken me, O Lord, by the Holy
Spirit, so that by me You may also quicken others. Make me
the happy instrument of enkindling and animating the flame
of divine love in their breasts and may it catch from heart to
heart and grow every moment in its progress.
Guard me, O Lord, from the love of sensual pleasure.
May I seriously remember, that to be carnally-minded is
death. May it please You, therefore, to purify and refine my
soul by the influence of the Holy Spirit, that I may always
shun unlawful gratifications more solicitously while others
pursue them. May I be moderate in using all my bodily
O Lord, may I remember the superior dignity of my
spiritual and intelligent nature. May I seek the pleasures of
Christ as my noblest happiness. May my soul rise on the
wings of holy contemplation to the regions of invisible glory.
May I endeavour to form myself, under the influences of
divine grace, for the entertainments of those angelic spirits that
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Give me, O Lord to know the station in which You have
fixed me, and steadily to pursue the duties of it. But deliver
me from those excessive cares of this world, which would
so engross my time and my thoughts, that the one thing
needful should be forgotten. May my desires after worldly
possessions be moderated, by considering their uncertain
and unsatisfying nature. While others are laying up treasures
on earth, may I be rich towards God.
May I never be too busy to attend to those great affairs
which lie between You and my soul. May I never be so
engrossed with the concerns of time, as to neglect the
interests of eternity. May I pass through the earth with my
heart and hopes set upon heaven and feel the attractive
influence stronger and stronger as I approach still nearer
and nearer to that desirable center, till the happy moment
come, when every earthly object shall disappear from my
view and the shining glories of the heavenly world shall fill
my improved and strengthened sight, which shall then be
cheered with that which would now overwhelm me. Above
all, O Blessed Spirit of God, develop in me, the meek and
lowly spirit of Christ. Amen.
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12 The Habitual delight in God
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
(Henry Lyte, 1847)
A holy joy in God is our privilege as well as our duty.
The Christian is invited to the exercise of it, by the
consideration of temporal mercies and of spiritual favours,
by the views of eternal happiness and of the mercies of God
to others, the living and the dead. This is a heavenly exercise
and the genuine workings of grateful joy in God.
One should not lose fervour in love relationship with
God. In fact, the entire joy of Christian life depends on how
we progress in love. John the Apostle says, if you can love
your brother, you have done all. Love is the fulfillment of
the law. We can love others well, if we learn to delight in
God and acquire His Love.
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12.2 The Bible on Delighting in the Lord
1. "Be delighted with the Lord. Then he will give you
all your heart's desires".
2. "If you return to the Lord, the Lord your God will
take his curses from you and turn them against
your enemies-against those who hate you and
persecute you. The Lord your God will prosper
everything you do and give you many children and
much cattle and wonderful crops; for the Lord will
again rejoice over you as he did over your fathers".
3. "Jehovah enjoys His people".
4. "See My Servant, whom I uphold; My Chosen One
in whom I delight. I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will reveal justice to the nations of the world".
5. "Let me tell you how happy God has made me!
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and draped about me the robe of righteousness. I
am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride
with her jewels".
12.3 A Prayer for Delighting in the Lord
O my God, I have mused about Your love and the fire is
burning. What can I say but this, that my heart admires You,
adores You and loves You. My little vessel is as full as it can
hold and I would pour out all that fullness before You, that it
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the influence ofYour good Spirit. I want to converse withYou
but a thousand thoughts spring up at once. They seem to crowd
singleness of heart, like Mary to choose that one thing which is
important. Lord teach me to loveYou above all. I want to stay
withYou fixed. I blessYou, O God.
Preserve its strength and vigor, to be capable of relishing the
entertainments withYou. I blessYou, O Lord, for the freedom
with which these limbs of mine move themselves and obey the
dictates of my spirit. As I pray, I hope to be guided by You. I
seekYour grace to integrate my entire personality to delight in
I praiseYou for that royal bounty with whichYou provide
for the daily support for the overflowing of my cup which
You have put into my hands. Thank You, Lord Jesus.
Now, O my God, what shall I say unto You? I love You
above all the powers of language to express. I love You for
what You are to me. I adore and love You yet far more for
what You are in Yourself. I praise You for those stores of
perfection which creation has displayed. I admire You,
though the world has grown in wickedness, Your provisions
were never exhausted. You are continuously feeding both
the good and bad people.
You alone are great and fair. Kindly possess all my soul.
While I feel Your sacred Spirit breathing on my heart and
exciting fervour of love, let me feel spirit's sensations.
What have I more to do, but to commit myself to You,
O Lord. Let my business be primarily to delight in You. My
soul follows hard afterYou, O God, becauseYour right hand is
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And on Thy care depend,
To Thee in every trouble flee,
My best, my only Friend.
O Lord, I cast my care on Thee,
I triumph and adore;
Henceforth my great concern shall be,
To love and please Thee more.
(John Ryland, 1777)
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13. The Good Works
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey,
for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
but to trust and obey.
(John Sammis, 1887)
but in benevolence to men. This is the command of God. The
true Christian feels his soul wrought to a holy conformity to it.
genius and learning, power and domestic authority, esteem and
Prudence in expense urged, for the support of charity. All of
what we received from God must issue out in good works to
13.2 The Bible on the Purposes of Usefulness
1. "He predestined us to be adopted as His sons
through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His
pleasure and Will - to the praise of His glorious
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grace, which He has freely given us in the One He
2. "In Him we were also chosen, having been
predestined according to the plan of Him who
works out everything in conformity with the
purpose of His Will, in order that we, who were
the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise
of His glory".
3. "Who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance
until the redemption of those who are God's
possession-to the praise of His glory".
13.3 A Prayer for the Empowerment
O bountiful Father, and sovereign author of all good, both
My soul is in the deepest confusion before You, when I
and reaped a barren wilderness. I couldn't be a fruitful field and
a springing harvest. Justly do I indeed deserve to be stripped of
all.Accept, O Lord, accept my renewed surrender which I now
make and of all I have untoYour service.
I acknowledge that it is ofYour own that I giveYou. Make
me, I beseechYou, a faithful steward for my great Lord. May I
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think of no separate interest of my own in opposition toYours.
O Lord, make meYour faithful steward, in distributing to
relief. In determining what is my own share, may I hold the
and them. The proportion you allow, may I thankfully take for
The rest may I distribute with wisdom, fidelity and
cheerfulness. Guide my hand, O Lord. O ever-merciful
in dealing out a few ofYour bounties, that I may bestow them
where they are most needed and where they will answer the
best end. If it be Your gracious Will, multiply the seed sown.
If it beYour blessed Will, I may lead many byYour talent
entertain me in the habitation of glory. May I, by Your grace,
perform all the good works whichYou have appointed for me,
even before the foundations of the world, and double up all my
of my obedience and gratitude in the services of life for Jesus
13.4 The Whole Armour of God
I want to take everything You have set out for me, well-made
weapons of the best materials. Help me to put them to use so
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I acknowledge that You have called me against far more
than I can handle on my own. I want to put on all that You
have prepared for me: Truth, righteousness, peace, faith and
Salvation. Help me to learn how to apply each one of them.
I acknowledge that I need them for my life time. Help me to
keep my eyes open. Destroy the Devil's work in and around
me through the Name of Jesus.
and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world.
I shout to the kingdom of Satan, "You come to me with a
sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of
the armies of heaven and of Israel - the very God whom you
and cut off your head; and then I will give the dead bodies of
the Lord does not depend on weapons to fulfill His plans - He
By faith in the Blood of Christ I bind the huge numbers of
13.5 The Authorities
I pray, O Lord God, be merciful to the Church, the body of
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the world, and the antichrist. O Lord, give Your gospel a free
and a joyful passage through the world for the conversion of
those who belong toYour election and kingdom.
O Lord, bless the Universal Church and Nations with the
heroical gifts and spiritual graces which may make them fit for
their jobs which You have ordained. Direct all ministers and
magistrates to govern the people in true religion, justice,
Be merciful unto all the brethren which fearYou and call
as suffer any trouble or persecution for the testimony of truth
that like a wise virgin I may be prepared with oil in my lamp to
judgment. Lord Jesus, come, even so Lord Jesus come quickly.
O Father, I give You glory, in that form of prayer, which
on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.And
forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And do not lead
the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.Amen.
"Prayer is efficacious and surely a day's asking God
will overrule all events for good is not lost"
(James Gilmour of Mongolia)
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14 . The Commitment to the Gospel
It shall be no longer mine
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
Take my love, my Lord, I pour,
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be,
(Frances Havergal, 1874)
Jesus warned that the love of many will grow cold. Five out of
is standing outside the door.
Let us look at the cloud of witnesses that have run well in
defending the faith of the Gospel. May the Living Lord Jesus
show mercy that we having laid our hand on His plow, look not
for easy excuses to desert the Gospel.
14.2 Contending for the Gospel
1. Jude wrote: "I have to write insisting - begging! -
that you fight with everything you have in you for
this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and
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2. Paul said, "I've run hard right to the finish, believed
all the way."
3. "At my preliminary hearing no one stood by me.
They all ran like scared rabbits. The Master stood
by me and helped me spread the Message loud and
14.3.1 Living out the Gospel
Lord Jesus, stir into flame the strength and boldness that
entered into me through the Gospel. By the Holy Spirit, I may
not be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong to love them
O Lord God, stir up this inner power, so that I will never be
afraid to tell others about my Lord Jesus. Make me willing and
ready to suffer for the Lord. Lord God, give me strength in
Lord God, may I support missionary work to preach to
the Gentile world, especially the pioneering areas. Help me
hold tightly to the pattern of truth especially concerning the
faith, love and hope in Christ Jesus. Lord, help me to guard
well the splendid, God-given ability I received as a gift from
the Holy Spirit who lives within me.
While many who develop love for the world and desert
the Gospel work, may I not backslide. O Lord, make me strong
with the strength of Christ Jesus. Help me teach the great truths
others. Help me take my share of suffering as a good soldier of
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Jesus Christ.As Christ's soldier, may I not let myself become
His work, just as an athlete. Help me work hard, O Lord, like a
farmer who gets paid well if he raises a large crop.
Help me, O Lord God, to remind my people of the great
facts of the Gospel and command them in the name of the
Lord not to argue over unimportant things. Help me to clear
each other. Help me to stay away from sin that I will be like one
of the vessels made of purest gold, so that Christ can use me for
Help me, O Lord, to run from anything that gives the
evil thoughts that young men often have, but stay close to
anything that makes me want to do right. Help me, O Lord,
to have faith and love, and enjoy the companionship of those
who love the Lord. Help me not to get involved in foolish
Lord kindly remember me to show mercy as I live in a world,
O Lord God, let the whole Bible be my inspiration. May I
depend only on this, the divineWord. May it straighten me and
help me do what is right and preach right. I accept the Bible as
God's way of making me well prepared at every point, fully
Help me bring others to Christ. Like Paul may I fight and keep
true toYou. May the Lord be with my spirit.Amen.
14.3.2 A PeacefulApproach to Christ
serious to You. You have recorded it, in the forty years of the
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Your common and special mercies and often developed an
O Lord, having noted the seriousness of the issue of
murmuring against You I request You to help me not to be
immature. May my eye be watchful to observe the descent of
mercies fromYou. May a grateful sense arise within me by the
May I take up daily cross gladly, that I may follow my
dear Lord with a temper like that which He manifested when
ascending Calvary for my sake. Let me say, like Him, 'The
cup which my Father has given me, shall I not drink it?'
O Lord God, the history of Israel is full of events, where
they doubted Your love, all-most every moment. I remember
each one of them and confess all the sins of my forefathers, so
of indifference. May we be able to obeyYour laws and set our
hope anew onYou and not forgetYour glorious miracles.Thus
I ask Your pardon, O Lord, for forgetting the wonderful
miracles You had done for our fathers in Egypt: You divided
the sea before them and led them through; The water stood
banked up along both sides of them; In the daytime You led
them by a cloud, and at night by a pillar of fire; You split
though gushing from a spring; Streams poured from the rock,
againstYou who is above all gods. O Heavenly Father, forgive
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whatYou were giving them. They even spoke againstYou, by
saying, "Why can't He give us decent food as well as water?"
commanded the skies to open. You opened the windows of
heaven and rained down manna for their food.You gave them
bread from heaven. They ate angels food. You gave them all
wind byYour mighty power.You rained down birds as thick as
dust, clouds of them like sands along the shore.You caused the
birds to fall to the ground among the tents. The people ate their
fill.You gave them what they asked for. Even then the people
kept on sinning and refused to believe in miracles. O Heavenly
Father, forgive us, for we, the body of Christ are no different
Now O Lord, I remember You as Rock, the Savior, as
the God above all gods. I confess that we followed You with
our words and not with our hearts. I confess that our hearts
were far away. We did not keep our promises.
Yet You are merciful and forgave our sins and didn't
destroy us all. Many and many a time, You held back Your
anger. You remembered that we are merely mortal men, like
a breath of wind. Oh, how often we rebelled against You in
our days and years and grieved Your heart. Again and again
we turned away and tempted You to kill us and limited the
Holy One of Israel from giving us Your blessings. We forgot
Your power and love, and how You had rescued us from our
Now O Lord, refresh our memory aboutYour mighty acts
turned rivers into blood so that no one could drink. You have
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all of Egypt.You gave their crops to caterpillars. Their harvest
was consumed by locusts.You destroyed their grapevines and
not spare the Egyptians lives, but handed them over to plagues
own people like a flock, guiding them safely through the
sea closed in upon their enemies and overwhelmed them.You
brought them to the border ofYour land of blessing, to the land
of hills,You drove out the nations occupying the land and gave
each tribe of Israel its apportioned place as its home.
I confess now, O Lord, thatYou have, in Christ, have done
much more than what You did to the Egyptians. So, I pray O
favours and refuse to followYour commands. May we not turn
back from entering the Promised Land like our disobedient
forefathers. May we not like crooked arrow, miss the target of
God's will. May we not makeYou angry by erecting idols and
altars to other gods.
Please O Lord God, do not be angry with us. IfYou see our
deeds,Your wrath will flare up. Have mercy upon us, O Lord.
and allowed Your Ark to be captured; You surrendered Your
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becauseYour anger was intense; Their young men were killed
by fire, and their girls died before they were old enough to sing
their wedding songs; The priests were slaughtered, and their
Lord, I confess that I and the body of Christ, have taken
You for granted and pursued our rebellious ways. Now we
lay ruined in shame. Yet You are merciful. So O Lord, I call
upon You to rise up like a mighty man and uproot our
enemies; Drive them back and send them to eternal shame.
O Lord God, do not reject Joseph's family, the tribe of
Ephraim, and the chosen tribe of Judah and Mount Zion,
which You loved.
O Lord, build Your towering temple, solid and enduring
as the heavens and the earth. Remember O Lord, You chose
us in the Son of David. Lead us byYour skillful hands for Jesus
PART V: THE PROBLEMS OF
15. The Backsliding
All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.
(Judson Van de Venter, 1896)
A declension in religion and relapses into sin with their
sorrowful consequences, are in general too probable. This
can be traced back to a failure in the duties of the closet, by
a neglect of social worship, by want of love to our fellow
Christians, by an undue attachment to sensual pleasures or
secular cares, by prejudices against some important
principles in religion. This symptom peculiarly is sad and
dangerous. Prayer is made for the recovery, which needs to
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15.2 God's voice on the Spiritual Decay
1. "The good man walks along in the ever-brightening
light of God's favor; the dawn gives way to morning
splendor, while the evil man gropes and stumbles
in the dark."
2. "Worshiping foreign gods has sapped their
strength, but they don't know it. Ephraim's hair is
turning gray, and he doesn't even realize how weak
and old he is. His pride in other gods has openly
condemned him; yet he doesn't return to his God,
nor even try to find him."
3. "He died for all so that all who live - having
received eternal life from Him - might live no longer
for themselves, to please themselves, but to spend
their lives pleasing Christ who died and rose again
4. "Sprinkle me with the cleansing blood and I shall
be clean again. Wash me and I shall be whiter than
snow. And after you have punished me, give me
back my joy again. Don't keep looking at my sins-
erase them from your sight. Create in me a new,
clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and
right desires. Don't toss me aside, banished forever
from your presence. Don't take your Holy Spirit
from me. Restore to me again the joy of your
salvation, and make me willing to obey you."
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Almighty God, O Beautiful Love, I have broken my faith
with You and with my fiery strength have turned myself to
the pleasure and vanity of the outward world. I have fallen
in love with a stranger and have been constrained to walk in
the valley of darkness in this strange love, in God's anger,
Hell, and dark death.
Eternal and unchangeable Jehovah,Your perfections and
glories are immutable. Jesus Your Son is the same yesterday,
to-day, and forever. The eternal world, to which I am
hastening, is always equally important, and presses upon
the attentive mind for a more fixed and solemn regard, in
proportion to the degree in which it comes nearer and nearer.
But, alas! My views, and my affections, and my best
resolutions, are continually varying, like this poor body,
which goes through daily and hourly alterations in its state
Whence, O Lord, whence this sad change which I now
xperience in the frame and temper of my mind toward You?
Whence this alienation of my soul from You? Why can I not
come to You with all the endearments of filial lover as I
once could? Why are the exercises, which were once my
greatest pleasure, become a burden to me?
Where, O God is the blessedness I once spoke of when
my joy in You as my Heavenly Father was so conspicuous
that strangers might have observed it and when my heart
did so overflow with love to You and with zeal for Your
service, that it was a matter of self-denial to me, to limit and
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soul, even where prudence and duty required it? Lord, have
mercy upon me for Jesus' sake.Amen.
But, O how unlike what it once saw me. Cold and insensible as
intoYour presence as by constraint and when I am beforeYou,
keeping up a humble and dutiful correspondence withYou is,
and formality is it. It is perhaps the work of imagination, the
breathings after God, which I once felt?
Where is that pleasing repose in You, which I once was
conscious of, as being near my divine rest, as being happy
in that nearness, and resolving that, if possible, I would no
more be removed from it? But, oh, how far have I now
removed? When these short devotions, if they may be called
devotions, are over, in what long intervals do I forget You,
and appear so little animated withYour love, so little devoted
to Your service, that a stranger might converse with me a
considerable time, without knowing that I had ever formed
any acquaintance with You, without discovering that I had
so much as known or heard anything of God?
15.3.3 Never Look Back
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my body. My thoughts and affections are engrossed with other
with my lips. You called me to Your Table, but my heart is so
frozen, that it hardly melts even at the foot of the cross, hardly
feels any efficacy in the blood of Jesus. O wretched creature
rather worthy to be cast out, to be forsaken, yea, to be utterly
Is this, O Lord, the service which I once promised and
which You have so many thousand reasons to expect? Are
these the returns I am making for Your daily providential
care, for the sacrifice of Your Son, for the communications
of Your Spirit, for the pardon of my numberless aggravated
sins, for the hopes, the undeserved and so often forfeited
hopes of eternal glory. Lord, I am ashamed to stand or to
kneel before You.
But pity me, I beseech You and help me. I am a pitiable
object indeed. My soul cleaves unto the dust and lays itself
as in the dust before You. Nevertheless, quicken me
according to Your Word. Let me trifle no longer, for I am
upon the brink of a precipice. I am thinking of my ways. O
give me grace to turn my feet unto Your testimonies, to make
haste without any further delay, that I may keep Your
commandments. Search me, O Lord, and try me. Go to the
first root of this distemper, which spreads itself over my
soul and recover me from it. Represent sin unto me, O Lord.
I beseech You that I may see it with abhorrence. O Blessed
Spirit of God, represent the Lord Jesus Christ to me in such a
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15.3.4 Don't Give up
progress than in my best days I have ever yet done.
Send down upon me, O Lord, in a more rich and abundant
He has consecrated to Himself. While all the service is directed
and governed by Him, may holy and acceptable sacrifices be
it be fragrant. May the sacred fire burn and blaze perpetually.
to an unholy or forbidden use.
O Sweet Jesus, what shall I say before You? Let me be
wholly committed unto You. I cannot preserve myself. If
You will not give me Your pearl, I cannot submit to Your
will. Give me Your rays of love and carry me safely through
my pilgrimage. You awaken me and bring forth what You
are in me. I will from henceforth be Your own. I will or
desire nothing for myself, but whatYouYourself Will through
me. I had fooled away Your sweet love and broken my faith
with You, whereby I was fallen into the anger of God. But
seeing that of love You came to me into the anguish of Hell
and has delivered me from torment and received me again
for Your consort, I will now therefore break my will for Your
love's sake and be obedient unto You and wait for Your love.
I am satisfied now that I know You are with me in all
my troubles and will not forsake me. O Gracious love, I turn
my fiery countenance toYou. O Fair Crown, take me quickly
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intoYou and bring me forth from unquietness. I will beYours
forever and never depart from You any more. For Jesus' sake
15.4 Lord Jesus has a Word for you
My noble Bride, be of good comfort. I have betrothed
you to Me in My highest love and contracted Myself with
you in My faithfulness. I will be with you and in you always
to the end of the world. I will come to you and make My
abode with you, in your inner chamber. You shall drink of
My fountain. Now I am yours and you are Mine. The enemy
shall not separate us. Work in your fiery property and I will
put My rays of love into your working and so we will plant
and manure the Vineyard of God. Afford the essence of fire
and I will afford the essence of light and the increase. Be the
Fire and I will be the water, and thus we will perform that in
this world for which God has appointed us and serve Him in
His Temple, which we ourselves are. Amen.
15.5 Bless Yourself
Bless me, O God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Ghost, You only are true God. I thank You through Jesus
Christ my Lord and Saviour, for the preservation of me and
for all other benefits. I now commend myself, both Soul
and Body and all that You have set me to do in my
employment and calling, into Your protection. Be the
beginning of my conceptions, my undertakings and all my
doings. Work so in me, that I may begin all things to the
glory ofYour Name and accomplish them inYour love for the
good and the service of my neighbour.
Send Your holy angel along with me, O Lord, to turn the
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temptations of the Devil and corrupt nature away from me.
may labour in my office and employment and behave asYour
obedient servant therein. Bless me and all that I am, to go about
and do this day, with the blessing of Your love and mercy.
and my progress and on to my last end, and be the willing,
15.6 A Prayer of Surrender
I lift my heart toYou, O God, Fountain of eternal life and
giveYou thanks through Jesus Christ,Your Beloved Son, our
Lord and Saviour, for having protected and preserved me from
all mischief that might have befallen me. I commend to Your
of my hands, and humbly repose them onYou. So fill my soul
other evil influence or desire, may find harbour therein. Let my
stay with me, that I may rest safely in Your power and under
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16 The Deliberate sin
O Jesus, full of truth and grace
More full of grace than I of sin
Yet once again I seekThy face:
Open Thine arms and take me in
And love the faithless sinner still.
Thou know'st the way to bring me back
My fallen spirit to restore
O for Thy truth and mercy's sake,
Forgive, and bid me sin no more:
The ruins of my soul repair
And make my heart a house of prayer.
(Charles Wesley, 1749)
Taken from 'Weary of Wandering From God'
Unthoughtful of, relapses may happen and bring the soul
into a miserable case. Yet the case is not desperate.
Backsliding is very gradual and initially unnoticed. It is in
terms of loosing fervent love for Lord Jesus. If, it is not
checked in the beginning stages, it can lead to apostasy of
despising the blood of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit.
Also it may end up in idolatry.
The backslider is urged immediately to return, by deep
humiliation before God for so aggravated an offense, by
renewed regards to the divine mercy in Christ, by an open
profession of repentance, where the crime has been given
public offense. Failures are to be reviewed for future caution.
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16.2 The Holy men on the Deliberate Sin
1. "Peter declared, If everyone else deserts you, I
won't. Jesus told him, the truth is that this very
night, before the cock crows at dawn, you will deny
Me three times! I would die first! Peter insisted.
And all the other disciples said the same thing."
2. Then he returned to the three disciples and found
them asleep. Peter, he called, couldn't you even
stay awake with Me one hour? Keep alert and pray.
Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For the
spirit indeed is willing, but how weak the body is!
3. "Peter began to curse and swear. I don't even know
the man, he said. And immediately the cock crowed.
Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said,
"Before the cock crows, you will deny Me three
times. And he went away, crying bitterly."
4. "Watch out! Remember that those branches, the
Jews, were broken off because they didn't believe
God, and you are there only because you do. Do
not be proud; be humble and grateful-and careful."
5. "My body is sick, my health is broken beneath my
sins. They are like a flood, higher than my head;
they are a burden too heavy to bear. My wounds
are festering and full of pus. Because of my sins, I
am bent and racked with pain. My days are filled
with anguish. My loins burn with inflammation,
and my whole body is diseased. I am exhausted
and crushed; I groan in despair. Lord, you know
how I long for my health once more. You hear my
every sigh. My heart beats wildly, my strength fails,
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and I am going blind. My loved ones and friends
stay away, fearing my disease. Even my own family
stands at a distance. Meanwhile my enemies are
trying to kill me. They plot my ruin and spend all
their waking hours planning treachery."
6. "Only acknowledge your guilt; admit that you
rebelled against the Lord your God and committed
adultery against Him by worshiping idols under
every tree; confess that you refused to follow Me."
7. "I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come
and find Me, for I have not turned away from your
O Most Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty! When I
seriously reflect on Your spotless purity, and on the strict
and impartial methods of Your steady administration,
together with that almighty power, which is able to carry
every thought of Your heart into immediate and full
execution, I may justly appear before You this day with
shame and terror, in confusion of spirit.
This day, O my God, this dark, mournful day, would I
take occasion to look back to that sad source of guilt and
misery, the apostasy, and say with Your offending servant
David, behold, I was shaped in iniquity and in sin did my
mother conceive me.
descent, with regard to myself.And, Oh how many have they
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been. The remembrance of the sins of my unconverted state,
me. How much more such a scene as now lies before my
conscience and before Your all-seeing eye. For You, O Lord,
know all my wanderings fromYour statutes.You saw and have
againstYou. Have mercy upon me for Jesus' sake.
O Lord, You have seen my sin in every aggravated
circumstance which I can discern, and many more which I
have never observed or reflected upon. How then shall I
appear in Your presence or lift up my face to You. I am full
of confusion and fed a secret regret in the thought of applying
to You. But O Lord, to whom shall I go but unto You? Unto
You, on whom depends my life or my death; Unto You, Who
alone can take away the burden of guilt which now presses
me down to the dust; Who alone can restore to my soul that
rest and peace which I have lost, and which I deserve for
ever to lose.
Behold me, O Lord God, falling down at Your feet.
Behold me pleading guilty inYour presence and surrendering
myself to that justice which I cannot escape. I have not one
word to offer in my own vindication in my own excuse.
Words, far from being able to clear up my innocence, can
never sufficiently describe the enormity and demerit of my
sin.You, O Lord andYou only, know to the full, how heinous
and how aggravated my sin is. Your infinite understanding
alone can fathom the infinite depth of its malignity.
I cannot conceive the glory of Your sacred Majesty
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whose authority I have despised, nor the number and variety of
value of the blood ofYour dear Son, which I have ungratefully
trampled under my feet; nor the dignity of that blessed Spirit,
whose agency I have, as far as I could, been endeavouring to
oppose, and whose work I have been, as with all my might,
labouring to undo, and to tear up, as it were, that plantation of
for Jesus' sake.
16.3.2 God has seen it all
O the baseness and madness of my conduct. That I should
thus, as it were, rend open the wounds of my soul, of which I
had died long before this, had not Your own hand applied a
remedy, had notYour only Son bled to prepare it that I should
violate the covenant I had made with You by sacrifice by the
I am become guilty of His body and blood. That I should bring
open the mouths of its greatest enemies to insult it upon my
account, and prejudice some against it to their everlasting
I wonder, O Lord God that I am here to own all this. I
wonder that You have not long ago appeared as a swift
witness against me, that You have not discharged the
thunderbolts of Your flaming wrath against me, and crushed
me into hell; making me there a terror to all about me, as
well as to myself, by a vengeance and ruin, to be
distinguished even there, where all are miserable, and all
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O God!Your patience is marvelous. But how much more
marvelous is Your grace, which, after all this, invites me to
You. While I am here giving judgment against myself that I
deserve to die, to die for ever, You are sending me the words
of everlasting life, and calling me, as a backsliding child, to
return unto You. Behold, therefore, O Lord, invited by Your
Word, and encouraged by Your grace, I come; and great as
my transgressions are, I humbly beseechYou freely to pardon
them; because I know, that, though my sins have reached
unto heaven and are lifted up even unto the skies,Your mercy,
O Lord, is above the heavens. Lord have mercy upon me for
16.3.3 Restore me
Extend that mercy to me, O Heavenly Father and display,
in this illustrious instance, the riches of Your grace and the
prevalence of Your Son's blood. For surely, if such crimson
sins as mine may be made 'white as snow and as wool and if
such a revolter as I am, be brought to eternal glory, the earth
must, so far as it is known, be filled with wonder and heaven
with praise and the greatest sinner may cheerfully apply for
pardon, if I, the chief of sinners, find it. And, Oh, that, when
I have lain mourning and as it were bleeding at Your feet, as
long as You think it proper, You would at length heal this
soul of mine which has sinned against You and give me
beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning and the garment
of praise for the spirit of heaviness. O that You would at
length restore unto me the joy of Your salvation and make
me to hear songs of gladness, that the bones which You have
broken may rejoice.
Then, when a sense ofYour forgiving love is shed abroad
upon my heart and it is cheered with the voice of pardon, I
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ways and sinners shall be converted untoYou those that have
though it be to my own shame and confusion of face.And may
this joy of the Lord be my strength, so that in it I may serveYou
henceforward with a vigor and zeal far beyond what I have
hitherto known. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for Jesus' sake.
16.3.4 The Favour of God
make me a warning to others, by appointing that I should walk
all my days in darkness, and at last die under a cloud,Your will
be done. But, O God, extend mercy, forYour Son's sake, to this
sinful soul at last and give me some place, though it were at the
shall depart from God no more where I shall wound my own
my tongue be loosed, how long so ever it might here be bound
Out in the wilderness wild and drear,
Sadly I've wandered for many a year,
Driven by hunger and filled with fear,
I will arise and go;
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Backward with sorrow my steps to trace,
Willing to take but a servant's place,
I will arise and go.
Back to my Father and home,
Back to my Father and home,
I will arise and go
Back to my Father and home.
Why should I perish in dark despair,
Here where there's no one to help or care,
When there is shelter and food to spare?
I will arise and go;
Deeply repenting the wrong I've done,
Worthy no more to be called a son,
Hoping my Father His child may own,
I will arise and go.
Sweet are the memories that come to me,
Faces of loved ones again I see,
Visions of home where I used to be,
I will arise and go;
Others have gone who had wandered, too,
They were forgiven, were clothed anew,
Why should I linger with home in view?
I will arise and go.
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O that I never had gone astray!
Life was all radiant with hope one day,
Now all its treasures I've thrown away,
Yet I'll arise and go;
Tho' you have treated His love so ill,"
I must not wait, for the night grows chill,
I will arise and go.
“The writer of "Great is Thy Faithfulness", 1914
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17. The Hiding of God's face
Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Do not pass me by.
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.
Let me atThy throne of mercy,
Find a sweet relief,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace.
More than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee?
The hiding of God's face is scriptural. It signifies the
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considerations. This may become the case of any Christian and
will be found to be a very sorrowful one. It may be spiritual
of God, to awaken and bestir the soul, and excite to a strict
examination of conscience, and reformation of what has been
steadily in the way of duty, to renew a believing application to
these mournful exercises of mind, to proceed from the spiritual
17.2 God's Voice on the Hiding of God's face
1. "Listen now! The Lord isn't too weak to save you.
And he isn't getting deaf! He can hear you when
you call! But the trouble is that your sins have cut
you off from God. Because of sin he has turned his
face away from you and will not listen anymore."
2. "Yet no one calls upon your name or pleads with
you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away
from us and turned us over to our sins."
3. "The one thing I want from God, the thing I seek
most of all, is the privilege of meditating in his
Temple, living in his presence every day of my life,
delighting in his incomparable perfections and
4. "I will bless you as long as I live, lifting up my
hands to you in prayer. At last I shall be fully
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5. "Your eyes will see the King in his beauty and the
highlands of heaven far away."
6. "Day and night I keep on weeping, crying for your
help, but there is no reply - for you are holy. The
praises of our fathers surrounded your throne; they
trusted you and you delivered them. You heard their
cries for help and saved them; they were never
disappointed when they sought your aid."
7. "But I search in vain. I seek Him here, I seek Him
there and cannot find Him. I seek Him in his
workshop in the North but cannot find Him there;
nor can I find Him in the South; there, too, He
hides himself. But He knows every detail of what
is happening to me; and when He has examined
me, He will pronounce me completely innocent -
as pure as solid gold!"
8. "Dear brothers, ... comfort those who are
frightened, take tender care of those who are
9. "Then you will delight yourself in the Lord and
look up to God. You will pray to Him, and He will
hear you, and you will fulfill all your promises to
him. Whatever you wish will happen! And the light
of heaven will shine upon the road ahead of you. If
you are attacked and knocked down, you will know
that there is someone who will lift you up again.
Yes, He will save the humble and help even sinners
by your pure hands."
10. "Stop your anger! Turn off your wrath. Don't fret
and worry-it only leads to harm."
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11. "Don't be impatient for the Lord to act! Keep
traveling steadily along His pathway and in due
season He will honor you with every blessing, and
you will see the wicked destroyed."
12. "See, I will force you from your land just as Judah
will be forced from hers; but afterwards I will return
and have compassion on all of you and will bring
you home to your own land again, each man to his
13. "Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will He never
again be favorable? Is His loving-kindness gone
forever? Has His promise failed? Has He forgotten
to be kind to one so undeserving? Has He slammed
the door in anger on his love?"
14. "Yet there is one ray of hope: His compassion never
ends. It is only the Lord's mercies that have kept
us from complete destruction. Great is His
faithfulness; His loving-kindness begins afresh
each day. My soul claims the Lord as my
inheritance; therefore I will hope in Him. The Lord
is wonderfully good to those who wait for Him, to
those who seek for Him. It is good both to hope
and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."
15. "For a brief moment I abandoned you. But with
great compassion I will take you back. In a moment
of anger I turned my face a little while; but with
everlasting love I will have pity on you" says the
Lord, your Redeemer.
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16. "Then the two from Emmaus told their story of
how Jesus had appeared to them as they were
walking along the road and how they had
recognized Him as He was breaking the bread."
17. "For since He himself has now been through
suffering and temptation, He knows what it is like
when we suffer and are tempted, and He is
wonderfully able to help us."
18. "And after the earthquake, there was a fire, but
the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, there
was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah
heard it, he wrapped his face in his scarf and went
out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a
voice said, "Why are you here, Elijah?" He replied
again, "I have been working very hard for the Lord
God of the armies of heaven, but the people have
broken their covenant and have torn down your
altars; they have killed every one of your prophets
except me; and now they are trying to kill me too."
17.3.1 Expressing inner self
O Blessed God, with You is the fountain of life and of
happiness. I adore Your name that I have ever tasted of Your
streams that I have ever had the peculiar pleasure arising from
the light ofYour countenance and the shedding abroad ofYour
love in my soul. But alas! These delightful seasons are now to
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me no more and the remembrance of them engages me to pour
out my soul within me. I would come, as I have formerly done
But alas! I know not how to do it. Guilt and fears arise and
forbid the delightful language. I seekYou, O Lord, but I seek in
vain. I would pray, but my lips are sealed up.
from my eyes. I frequent those ordinances which have been
they are only the shadows of ordinances: the substance is gone,
image of what I once knew them. But, O Lord, I feel that You
have cast me off forever and be favourable no more?
Indeed, I deserve it should be so. I acknowledge, O Lord, I
deserve to be cast away fromYour presence with disdain, to be
of death upon my eyelids and even to be surrounded with the
thick gloom of the infernal prison. But have You not raised
multitudes, who have deserved, like me, to be delivered from
the chains of darkness to the vision ofYour glory above, where
no cloud can ever interpose between You and their rejoicing
spirits? O Lord God, have mercy on me for Jesus sake.
17.3.2 Seeking God's mercy
Have mercy upon me, O Lord, have mercy upon me, and
though my iniquities have now justly causedYou to hideYour
face from me.Yet be rather pleased, agreeably to the gracious
language ofYour Word, to hideYour face from my sins and to
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Remember, O Lord God, remember that dreadful day, in
Remember that agony, in which He poured out His soul before
You and said 'My God! My God!Why haveYou forsaken me?'
through Him, be brought near untoYou, and might beholdYou
Blessed Saviour, have You not appointed to give unto
them that mourn in Zion, beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for
mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of
heaviness? O wash away my tears, anoint my head with the
oil of gladness and clothe me with the garments of salvation.
O that I knew where I might find You. O that I knew what it
is that has angered You to depart from me. I am searching
and trying my ways O that You would search me, and know
my heart, try me and know my thoughts and if there be any
wicked way in me, discover it and lead me in the way
everlasting, in that way in which I may find rest and peace
for my soul and feel the discoveries of Your love in Christ. O
Lord, have mercy upon me.
17.3.3 Urging for God's face
O God,You commanded the light to shine out of darkness.
Speak but one Word and light shall come into my soul at once.
Open my lips and my mouth shall show forthYour praise and
shall burst out into a cheerful song, which shall display, before
those whom my present dejection may have discouraged the
pleasures and the supports of religion.
Yet, O Lord, on the whole I submit to Your Will. If it is
days, months and years to come, how long soever they may
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seem, how long so ever they may be, I submit. Still will I adore
You as the God of Israel and the Saviour, thoughYou are a God
that hideYourself. Still will I trust in the name of the Lord and
stay myself upon my God, trusting inYou, thoughYou slay me
and waiting forYou more than they that watch for the morning,
I know O Lord, You have sometimes manifested Your
compassion to Your dying servants and given them, in the
lowest ebb of their natural spirits a full tide of divine glory,
thus turning darkness into light before them. So may it please
You to gild the valley of the shadow of death with the light
of Your presence, when I am passing it and to stretch forth
Your rod and staff to comfort me that my tremblings may
cease and the gloom may echo with songs of praise.
But if it be Your sovereign pleasure that distress and
darkness should still continue to the last motion of my pulse
and the last gasp of my breath, O let it cease with the parting
and to that gladness which is reserved for the upright in heart to
full anointing ofYour Spirit shall be poured out upon allYour
people andYou will no more hideYour face from any of them.
This, Lord, is Your salvation for which I am waiting and
despair of obtaining it. Continue and increase those desires and
at length satisfy and exceed them through the riches of Your
grace in Christ Jesus .Amen.
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18. The Heavy affliction
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
But, Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!
Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul!
And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
(Horatio Spafford, 1873).
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the afflictions and prayer must be made for displaying of
through and through, amidst the time duration of affliction.
deliverances, will boost up our faith to maintain a spirit of
The design of afflictions should be diligently inquired
and all proper assistance should be taken in discovering the
purpose and usefulness of trials. God promised61
, that He
will reveal the intent of afflictions in His own way. When
the matter is made clear, then we should humbly comply
and go through with the peace of mind.
18.2 The Holy Scripture's Voice
1. "Misery comes upon them to punish them for
sowing seeds of sin. Mankind heads for sin and
misery as predictably as flames shoot upwards from
2. "Every time You punished us You were being
perfectly fair; we have sinned so greatly that You
gave us only what we deserved."
3. "We have been punished far less than we deserved."
4. Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and
temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is
rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let
it grow, and don't try to squirm out of your
problems. For when your patience is finally in full
bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong
in character, full and complete.
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5. "No matter what happens, always be thankful, for
this is God's will for you who belong to Christ
6. "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems
and trials, for we know that they are good for us-
they help us learn to be patient. And patience
develops strength of character in us and helps us
trust God more each time we use it until finally
our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then,
when that happens, we are able to hold our heads
high no matter what happens and know that all is
well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and
we feel this warm love everywhere within us
because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill
our hearts with his love."
7. He said, "My son, don't be angry when the Lord
punishes you. Don't be discouraged when He has
to show you where you are wrong. For when He
punishes you, it proves that He loves you. When
He whips you, it proves you are really his child."
8. "If you still won't listen to Me or obey Me, then I
will let loose my great anger and send you seven
times greater punishment for your sins."
9. "The punishment You gave me was the best thing
that could have happened to me, for it taught me
to pay attention to Your laws. They are more
valuable to me than millions in silver and gold!"
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18.3.1 Inward Graoning
O Supreme, yet all Righteous and Gracious Governor of
ofYour spacious empire may appear,You do not disregard the
in it. I believe inYour providence and care and I firmly believe
You are wise, holy and kind in everything which relates to me
and to the circumstances of my abode in this world. I would
look through all inferior causes untoYou, whose eyes are upon
OWise and Merciful Governor of the world! I have often
said thatYour will be done and nowYour will is painful to me.
But shall I upon that account unsay what I have so often said?
O Lord, You are just and righteous in all matters. I
acknowledge that inYour venerable and awful presence that I
that it is ofYour mercy that I am not utterly consumed. Since I
am alive still, provesYour care. O Lord, I most readily confess
that the sins of one day of my life have merited all these
chastisements and that every day of my life has been more or
less sinful. Smite, therefore, O Righteous Judge and I will still
adore You, that instead of the scourge, You have not given a
commission to the sword to do all the dreadful work of justice
and to pour out my blood inYour presence.
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O God,You are not only a Judge butYou condescended so
I could call You my Father and to speak of correction as the
effect ofYour love. I welcome those afflictions which are the
18.3.2 Make me understand
You saw, O Lord that bundle of folly which is there in my
heart. I am a poor, froward and thoughtless child. You know
what rods and what strokes are needful to drive my folly away.
who chastened me for my profit and would be in subjection to
not merely because I cannot resist them, but because I love and
trust You. I would sweetly acquiesce and rest in Your will, as
well as stoop to it and say, God is good all the time.Yes, Lord,
I praise You, that You will show so much regard to me as to
thus kindly careful to train me up for glory. I have no objection
against being afflicted, against being afflicted in this particular
it? By Your assistance and support I will. Only be pleased, O
Lord, to stand by me and sometimes to grant me a favourable
look in the midst of my sufferings. Support my soul, I beseech
You, byYour consolations mingled with my tribulations and I
the experience of many, who have reflected on afflicted days
with pleasure and have acknowledged that their comforts have
swallowed up their sorrows. So also I take the position of the
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age old saints. Lord grant me Your grace. I acknowledge that
O Lord, cure my my heart which is less tender and less
sensible by the affliction. In Your own due time and in the
way which You shall choose, work out deliverance for me
and show me Your marvelous loving-kindness. For I well
know, that how dark soever this night of affliction may seem,
if You say, let there be light, there shall be light. But I would
urge nothing before the time Your wisdom and goodness
shall appoint. I am much more concerned that my afflictions
may be sanctified than that they may be removed. For Jesus
18.3.3 What is my Lesson?
fire, which is painful to me while I am passing through it, Lord
applyYour balm of the comfort of the Holy Spirit. May I be a
Yours. I am partaker ofYour bounty every day and moment of
my life. I am a partaker of Your Gospel and a partaker of its
grace operating on my heart.
O may it operate more and more that I may largely partake
ofYour holiness too, that I may come nearer and nearer in the
be made fit for being delivered into the mold of the Gospel and
O Lord, my soul longs for You. It cries out for the living
God. In Your presence and under the support of Your love, I
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can bear anything and am willing to bear it, if I may grow more
of my affliction will have an end, the hour will at length come,
whenYou will wipe away all my tears.Though it tarry, I would
wait for it. My foolish heart, in the midst of all its trials, is ready
graciously, O God, deal with me, in breaking those bonds that
it were, stretching its wings in expectation of that blessed hour
peace and joy. For Jesus sake,Amen.
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THE JUDGMENT AND
PARTVI: THE JUDGMENTAND
19. The Judgment and the death
Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolations share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah's lofty height,
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!
(William Walford, 1845)
Death and judgment are near, but the Christian has reason
to welcome both. Yet nature recoils from the solemnity of
them. We must reconcile the mind to the prospect of death
from the considerations of the many evils that surround us
in this mortal life, of the remainder of sin which we feel
within us and of the happiness which is immediately to
succeed death. AChristian must be willing to die in the most
agreeable circumstances of human life.
The Christian has reason to rejoice in the prospect of
judgment, however awful it may be. Christ will then come
his enemies, to complete the happiness of every believer and of
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the whole church.AChristian's heart must be warm with these
The Christian must die honourably and comfortably.
With this view, it is advised to rid the mind of all earthly
cares and renew the humiliation of the soul before God and
its application to the blood of Christ. Also exercise patience
under bodily pains and sorrows. Let it be our goal at leaving
the world, we may bear an honourable testimony to our
profession of faith in Christ to give a solemn charge to
surviving friends, especially recommending faith in Christ.
By keeping the promises of God in view, commit the
departing spirit to God in the genuine exercises of gratitude
and repentance, faith and charity.
19.2 The Holy Men's Voice
1. "We must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ, that each one may receive what is due him
for the things done while in the body, whether good
2. He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give Him
glory, because the hour of His judgment has come.
Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth,
the sea and the springs of water".
3. "In this way, love is made complete among us so
that we will have confidence on the day of
judgment, because in this world we are like Him".
4. Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven
and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at
the right hand of God. "Look", he said, "I see
heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the
right hand of God".
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19.3 A Prayer for Honouring God
O Supreme Ruler of the visible and invisible worlds,
Sovereign of life and of death, of the earth and of heaven,
blessed be Your name. I pour out my soul, my departing
soul unto You. Bow down Your gracious ear, O God and let
my cry come before You with acceptance.
I acknowledge that the hour will come, when You will
separate me from this world with which I have been so long
and so familiarly acquainted, to lead me to another as yet
unknown. Enable me, I beseech You to make the exchange
as becomes a child of Abraham. May my death be like that
of Jacob, Joseph, Moses and the old patriarchs.
I acknowledge, O Lord, the justice of that sentence by
which I am expiring. Help me turn it into a happy occasion
of honouring You. I bless for Your appointed state for man.
May my physical death glorify You abundantly.
Gracious Father, may I not quit this physical life on my
own. May I with my dying breath bear witness to Your
faithful care. I have lacked no good thing so far. I thank
You, O my God, for sparing me thus far. It has been
maintained by Your rich variety of bounty. Thank You, Lord
I thank You, O Lord, that You have made my existence
so pleasant to me. I thank You for the mercies of my days
and nights, of my months and years. I thank You, O Lord,
for the mercies of my infancy. You have given me good
friends and family in the house of my pilgrimage. I thank
You, for the living and the dead and for all the help I have
received from others, and for all the opportunities whichYou
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Surely goodness and mercy have followed me all the days
of my life and I have every reason to raise a thankful praise for
the pleasant entertainments with which my table has been
furnished byYou. I have no reason to feel bad.
O my God, I thank You, for Your bounties have never
been exhausted. I adore Your mercy that You have taught
me to entertain nobler views through Lord Jesus, Your Son.
I bless You with all the powers of my nature that I ever heard
His name and heard of His death.
Thank You, O God, for the blood and righteousness of
Lord Jesus and for that Blessed Spirit of Yours which You
have given me to turn my sinful heart unto Yourself and to
bring me into the bonds of Your covenant.
I blessYou, O Lord that I am not dying in an unregenerate
and impenitent state. I thank You, for Your faithful ministers
and for the Gospel ordinances. I thank You, for my Sabbaths
and seasons of communion at the Table of my Lord.
Remember Your Word unto Your servant on which You have
caused me to hope.
O God, now I am standing on the borders of both worlds.
Now I view things as in the light of Your presence and of
eternity. I have reason to look back with deep humiliation
on a poor, unprofitable sinful life, in which I have daily been
deserving to be cast into hell. But I have this one comfortable
reflection that I have fled to the cross of Christ and I now
renew my application to it. O Lord God, let me have my lot
among the followers of Lord Jesus.
O Lord, the infernal lion may attempt to dismay me in
the awful passage, but I rejoice that I am in the hands of a
good shepherd and I defy all my spiritual enemies in a cheerful
dependence onYour faithful care, O Lord. I lift up my eyes and
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world. Blessed Jesus, I die by Your hand and I fear no harm
to me by the hand of my dearest Lord, who himself died to
make it safe and happy. I come, O Lord, I come, not only with
a willing, but with a joyful consent. I thank You that You
remembered me for good thatYou are breaking my chains and
calling me to the glorious liberty of the children of God. I thank
Your arms but, after this long absence will have me at home, at
home for ever.
Once more, for the last time, would I look down on this
poor world which I am going to quit and breathe out my
dying prayers for the prosperity ofYour Church. I have loved
it, O Lord, as a living member of the body. I love it to the
last. I humbly beseech You, therefore, that You will guard it,
purify it and unite it more and more. Send down more of
Your Blessed Spirit upon it, even the Spirit of wisdom, of
holiness and of love. In due time the wilderness be turned
into the garden of the Lord and all flesh shall see Your
As for me, bear me, O my Heavenly Father, on the wings
of everlasting love to that peaceful, holy and joyous abode,
which Your mercy has prepared for me, and which the blood
of my Redeemer has purchased. Bear me to the general
assembly and Church of the first-born, to the innumerable
company of angels and to the spirits of just men made perfect.
Whatever this flesh may suffer, let my steady soul be
its last office in an honourable manner, O Lord.
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Let my few remaining moments on the earth be spent for
on my faltering tongue to the world where love and praise shall
be complete. Be this my last song on earth, which I am going to
unto Him that is seated on the throne and to the Lamb for ever
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PART VII: THE WORLD
20. Jesus’ Method
Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve;
Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves,
Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves,
Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows,
Fearing neither clouds nor winter's chilling breeze;
By and by the harvest, and the labor ended,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master,
Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves;
When our weeping's over, He will bid us welcome,
(Knowles Shaw, 1874)
Many may have taken different approaches to spread
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the Gospel of Lord Jesus. But the founder who died for the
of expansion was demonstrated by theApostles. ByApostles
Way, there was no problem to penetrate into pioneering areas
were saved. Most of theApostles were martyred. Saints never
indulged in murmuring against God.With unspeakable joy the
Church conducted all the affairs. So let us forsake all other
methods and embrace the method of theApostles to bring the
Kingdom of God to this earth.
20.2 The Holy Word on Jesus’ Method
1. "The harvest is so great, and the workers are so
few", He told his disciples. "So pray to the one in
charge of the harvesting, and ask Him to recruit
more workers for His harvest fields."
2. "Ask, and you will be given what you ask for. For
everyone who asks, receives."
3. "If even sinful persons like yourselves give children
what they need, don't you realize that your heavenly
Father will do at least as much, and give the Holy
Spirit to those who ask for him?"
4. "Don't forget to pray for us too, that God will give
us many chances to preach the Good News of
Christ for which I am here in jail. Pray that I will
be bold enough to tell it freely and fully and make
it plain, as, of course, I should".
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The method of Lord Jesus can be summarized as follows:
3) The Study of the Scriptures
4) Preaching of God's word
Then Esther said to tell Mordecai:
"Go and gather together all the Jews of Shushan and
fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night
or day; and I and my maids will do the same; and
then, though it is strictly forbidden,
I will go in to see the king; and if I perish, I perish"65
20.3.1 Make me a Labourer
O Lord God, I thank You and praise You for raising
innumerable men of God with mighty anointing of the Holy
Spirit through out past history of humanity. Thank You, O
Lord for their contribution in terms of the sacrifice of their
lives, preaching and writings. O Lord, bless their genealogy.
O Lord of the harvest of souls, I pray, kindly intensify
Your work among us now and raise labourers to work in
Your vineyard with much more vigour as the Devil has
intensified his efforts of destroying men and women. I
particularly beseechYou to raise the prayer warriors. O Lord,
train them in Your word by the teaching of the Holy Spirit.
I pray, that I shall be given grace to endeavour to draw a
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which ought daily to be attended to become a labourer forYour
kingdom. Grant meYour grace, O Lord, to endeavour to make
and sin. Holy Spirit God, sprinkle the blood of Christ on me
seven times. May I be committed to 1) Prayer, 2)Anointing of
of God's Word.
Notwithstanding all, the infirmities of my nature have
prevailed and I have become sick, cold, and lukewarm, and
deadness often sealed upon me by sensible degrees. O Lord,
if I am not helped by You I will soon return into known and
deliberate sin. Lord, have mercy upon me.
O Lord God, I have in degrees have provoked the
indwelling Spirit of God. O Lord I have injured Your Spirit
to withdraw, and melancholy has dawned upon me often.
But Your Word promised that the righteous people's path is
like the dawning light, "shine more and more unto the perfect
day." And therefore may I endeavour, in the best manner I
can, and let there be the growth of grace in my heart, of
grace, the lively exercise of love to God and a holy joy. May
I be reminded that Your mercies tend to excite that love and
joy. Blessed Spirit of God, quicken me to those vigorous
efforts of usefulness in life by being a co-labourer with
Christ. Let my character have efficacy in brightening my
Grant me O Lord, as a preacher I might properly preach
sermons, in which the truths of Gospel are explained, taught
and defended in a wide variety. I may speak in freer manner
as a friend to a friend while presenting the Gospel. Above
all make me a prayer warrior like Lord Jesus. O Lord, give me
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zeal like that of Paul, to work much harder than my
Christ, and endeavour to assist all in fervent prayer. Grant me
20.3.2 Make me fish men
This was Mordecai's reply to Esther: "Do you
think, you will escape there in the palace when
all other Jews are killed? If you keep quiet at a
time like this, God will deliver the Jews from
some other source, but you and your relatives
will die; what's more, who can say but that God
has brought you into the palace for just such a
time as this?"66
I pray, Lord God of heaven, O Great and Awesome God,
You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who
love You and observe Your commandments, please let Your
ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the
prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, for the
children of men, and confess the sins which we have sinned
against You. Both my father's house and I have sinned. We
have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept
the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which
You commanded. Yet remember, O Lord, I pray, Your
covenant. These are Your people, for You have said that all
souls are Mine. O Lord, I pray, please letYour ear be attentive
to the prayer of Your servant and to the prayer of Your
servants who desire to fear Your name and let Your servant
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prosper this day, and grant mercy as I pray. Holy Spirit God,
sprinkle the blood of Christ on me seven times.
You.You have made man inYour image and inYour likeness.
But our forefather by eating the forbidden fruit was driven out
from the Paradise. Even then spirit is living but separated from
us try to knowYou, we ended up making our own gods in our
likeness, thus we have gone from bad to worse.
Since we named gods which were not the Jehovah, the
consequences were shown on our conduct in terms of
drunkenness, lewdness, injustice, falsehood, pride,
prodigality and base selfishness. We developed stupid
insensibility about the spiritual, eternal interests of ourselves
and others. To our shame we think, having great contempt
for You, living profligate life is glory, rather than a reproach.
Because not one, all of us are doing the same and
congratulating and comforting each other saying God is not
there, even if He is there, He is not looking at us, worse still,
we think even if You see all our wrong doing, You are not
going to do anything to us.
O Lord God, some who entertain some fear about You,
engage in some form of worship with idols and satisfy the
shouting conscience. Yet amidst all this, there is nothing
which looks like the genuine acting of the spiritual and the
divine life. There is no appearance of true love to You, no
reverence for Your presence, no desire for Your favour as
the highest good. There is no cordial belief of the Gospel of
salvation, no eager solicitude to escape that condemnation
which we have incurred by sin, no hearty concern to secure
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The absence of real religion is in so many thousands of
mankind. O Lord, let this be cured, and all our other evils will
the one saved by the Lord Jesus Christ, I mourn beforeYou in
secret under a sense of this sad state of things. I appeal toYou
O Lord, I acknowledge our everlasting happiness depends
only on Christ's salvation. So O Lord, I begYou in response to
my prayer enable me to awaken my generation to the
consideration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through Divine
assisted to make a farther progress.
20.3.3 Manifest Apostle's Time
I pray, O Lord that our generation may be pleased to give a
serious and an active hearing to the Gospel. Let them not think
us importunity, till we arrive the expected end of the Gospel.
Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the
sea and all that is in them. Nothing is impossible withYou.
O Lord, make us one with the spirit of the Apostles, those
honoured servants of Christ, who, in the early days of Your
church, were the benevolent and sympathizing instruments
of conveying miraculous healing to those whose cases seemed
desperate, who poured in upon the blind and the deaf the
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Jesus Christ. Now, Lord, grant toYour servants all boldness to
speakYourWord, by stretching outYour hand to heal, and that
signs and wonders may be done through the name ofYour holy
Servant Jesus. Holy Spirit God sprinkle the blood of Christ on
In every age You have condescended to make
instruments in conveying nobler and lasting blessings to their
fellow humans. Miraculous healings were granted and
recovered the empire of the grave. The faithful labours of
Your faithful ministers in every age which produced blessed
effects "being dead, yet speak" with power and success in
this important cause. May my heart be enlarged, O Lord, to
believe that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and
So Lord, I want to address the vast number of thoughtless
creatures who have hitherto been utterly unconcerned about
the Gospel through prayer so that, You may give us tangible
realizable opportunities, to lead them to Christ.
I believe O Lord, as I pray, Your Spirit and Your Holy
angels mysteriously awaken sinners from this fatal lethargy
to a care about their souls, and to an affectionate and an
immediate care. I may further labour to fix a deep and awful
conviction of guilt upon everyone's conscience to strip them
of their vain excuses and flattering hopes. O Lord I pray
that I may press on to fix on their heart that sentence, that
dreadful sentence, which You being a righteous and an
Almighty God have pronounced against all sinners.
salvation by Christ Jesus our Lord, which is all the support and
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which this salvation is to be obtained. I may urge the sinner to
accept it affectionately. Help me address people as
compassionately as I can, even a most contrary character, to
a soul overwhelmed with a sense of greatness of sins, and
souls that are trembling under the burden of sins. May I
assure by Your grace, the perishing humanity that there is
still hope in the God of the Bible. I may not omit which give
solid peace to the troubled spirit, and I may endeavour to
guide people to a sincere repentance and faith.
Lord Jesus when the souls are saved by these humble
labours of mine, I may be given grace to proceed further to
illustrate a more particular view of the several branches of
the Christian temper to show them what they should labour.
O Lord, by Your grace I may naturally lead them to the need
of the influences of the Blessed Spirit to assist them in the
important and difficult work of the true Christian and of the
encouragement they have to hope in divine assistance.
Let not anyone blaspheme Your name, O Lord, having
been born-again, rather I shall urge everyone to a solemn
dedication to God to be confirmed by entering into a
communion of the church, and an approach to the sacred
table, that these engagements may be more happily fulfilled.
For Jesus' sake, Amen.
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21. The Rebellion against the Gospel
Thou didst once a wretch behold,
In rebellion blindly bold,
Scorn Thy grace, Thy power defy:
That poor rebel, Lord, was I.
Once a sinner, near despair, Sought
Thy mercy seat by prayer;
Mercy heard, and set him free:
Lord, that mercy came to me.
The author of Amazing Grace, 1779
The whole world religion is expected to rebel against
the Gospel because it is entirely by grace. But the saved
ones know the beauty of the Gospel. It is fatal for anyone to
reject the Gospel and / or try to add some works to it. A
compassionate prayer must be offered to God on behalf of
those deceived by the Devil and false teachings, who have
determined to reject the Gospel.
Let us believe that the power of the Holy Spirit is greater
than man's heart, however hard it may be. History has many
proofs of God transforming tough characters by simple yet
costly Gospel through the earnest prayers of the saints. Let
us take up the Challenge. The tougher the case, the greater
the glory revealed.
21.2 The Voice of God on the Rebellion
1. "Dear brothers, the longing of my heart and my
prayer is that the Jewish people might be saved."
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2. "O Israel, my people! O my Jewish brothers! How I
long for you to come to Christ. My heart is heavy
within me, and I grieve bitterly day and night
because of you. Christ knows and the Holy Spirit
knows that it is no mere pretense when I say that I
would be willing to be forever damned if that would
3. Listen, O heaven and earth, to what the Lord is
saying: "The children I raised and cared for so
long and tenderly have turned against Me. Even
the animals-the donkey and the ox-know their
owner and appreciate His care for them, but not
My people Israel. No matter what I do for them,
they still don't care."
4. "You stiff-necked heathen! Must you forever resist
the Holy Spirit?"
5. "O Belshazzar-you knew all this, yet you have not
been humble. For you have defied the Lord of
6. "We played wedding and you weren't happy, so we
played funeral but you weren't sad."
7. "You must give them My messages whether they
listen or not (but they won't, for they are utter
8. "When the Jews opposed him and blasphemed,
hurling abuse at Jesus, Paul shook off the dust from
his robe and said, "Your blood be upon your own
heads-I am innocent-from now on I will preach to
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9. "How strong and courageous will you be then, in
My day of reckoning? For I, the Lord, have spoken,
and I will do all that I have said."
21.3.1 Destroy the Rebellion
O Lord our God, I acknowledge that our rebellion against
Your son Jesus led our present world to the state of misery
described by terrorism, atrocities against women and
children. Drug trafficking, and flesh trade are flourishing in
our generation right now, O Lord. The gap between the poor
and the rich is increasing day by day. No statesman,
technocrat, bureaucrat or politician is able to give any hope
of recovery. O Lord, our situation is as enumerated in Your
Word. The present day evil that has come upon our generation
is far beyond we can bear, O Lord. I know O Lord, that it is
but an insignificant matter for the whirlwind to handle the
vapour. Apostle James has informed us that human life is
like a vapour. So, O Blessed Spirit of God, the Omnipotent
rushing mighty wind, I pray, kindly sweep across the huge
mountain of evil of our generation which is evolved by our
sinful thoughts and deeds, with Your usual force.
O Lord, help us to get in touch with reality. O Lord God,
our world is invaded by Satan and his forces more mightily
than the cunning scheme that he used against Adam in the
garden of Eden. He has come upon us with the teeth of lion.
He has ruined our vineyards, stripped our orchids. Worship
has come to standstill in the sanctuary. Preachers are at loss.
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God's ministers do not know what to do. The fields are sterile.
is dead wood. Joy is dried up and withered in the hearts of men.
O Lord, You have arrived with Your judgment upon our
nations, yet the sea of humanity is looking elsewhere for the
day. Cancer has become the order of the day. Diseases which
we never knew are coming on us. Water scarcity has dried up
the ground. It is a black day and dooms day for us. No silver
lining on clouds. No hope of rain. Eden has turned out to be a
Our houses are looted. Enemy army is breaking through
our windows smashing the doors. The size of the enemy
army is very great. O Lord, we have no way of escape or
But You have said, "Even now come back to Me, feel
sorry for sins". You have declared that You are kind and
merciful. You being the most patient God, You alone can
swallow our misery. Your extravagant love alone can cancel
the catastrophe. Have mercy on us, O God.
Like Lot, I beg You to be kind to us and save our life. O
Lord, grant us mercy. May God Almighty, give us mercy in
the present condition. Be pleased to meet with us and talk
with us from above the place of mercy seat. O Lord God,
remember Your covenant in Christ's blood.
Grant us mercy, O Lord, to enter into the Holy Place
behind the veil where the Ark and the place of mercy are,
and where You Yourself are present in the cloud above the
place of mercy. O Lord God, I come with the sprinkling of
the blood of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. We are
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oppressed by a fierce and angry enemy who is not showing any
us from our captivity. Have mercy upon us, O Lord.
21.3.2 Raise Mighty Force
I acknowledge that we have abandoned Jehovah, the God
who loved us and worshiped gods that were not God. So the
of our enemies, for we have departed from Jehovah and are
worshiping Baal and theAshtaroth idols. O Lord, like Samson
You have given Israel a wonderful deliverance in the
past. Why should we now die of thirst and fall to the mercy
of our enemies. O Lord, may I remind You, when Samuel
prayed, You have sent a man from the land of Benjamin to
deliver Israel. O Lord, I plead for rising anointed leaders to
come forth with force of Pentecostal power of the Holy Spirit.
Let my cry reach Your ears and look down on us in mercy.
Lord, You are noted for Your wonderful deliverance.
Remember us, O Lord.
O Lord God, Your mercy is greater than anything else.
Have mercy on us, O Lord, don't destroy us. I give thanks to
You, for Your constant love and mercy. You have said that
You will never remove Your mercy and love to the house of
David. I cry out to You, O Lord, for mercy. O Lord God,
You have said, "If you turn to Me again, you and your
children will be treated mercifully by your captors, and you
will be able to recover". O Blessed Holy Spirit, You through
the mouth of Ezra, declared to us, "For the Lord Your God is
full of kindness and mercy and will not continue to turn
away His face from You if you return to Him. He is good,
and His love and mercy will last forever".
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So, O God, have mercy on us. Hear my prayer. I come into
Your Temple protected byYour mercy andYour love.All of us
who knowYour mercy, O Lord, we count onYou for help. For
You have never yet forsaken those who trust in You. Now, O
Lord, have mercy on us and see how we suffer at the hands of
those who hate us. Lord, snatch us back from the jaws of death.
of mercy and forgiveness, through the eyes of everlasting love
and kindness. Come, O Lord, and show usYour mercy, for we
and the crisis in our soul.
O Lord, have mercy on us in our anguish. Our eyes are red
of sadness. Our sins have sapped our strength. We stoop with
through abortions. O loving and kind God, have mercy on us.
Have pity upon us and take away the awful stain of our
Lord, have mercy on us. All day long the enemy troops
press in. Many are proud to fight against us. O God, in mercy
bless us. Let Your face beam with joy as You look down at
us. O Jehovah, answer my prayers, for Your loving-kindness
is wonderful. Your mercy is so plentiful, so tender and so
kind. O God, our Defender and our Shield, have mercy on
the one You have anointed as our kings.
O Lord, You are so good and kind, so ready to forgive,
so full of mercy for all who ask Your aid. I beg Your help, O
Lord. I reach my pleading hands to You, for mercy. Your
throne is founded on strong pillars of Justice and
Righteousness. Mercy and Truth walk before You as Your
attendants. I know that You will come and have mercy on
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Lord,Your mercy is great. Give back our life again, O Lord.
21.3.3 Lord, Show us Mercy
and glorious home.Where is the love for usYou used to show -
now, O Lord? Lord be merciful and drive out the cloud ofYour
Like the blind men I cry out, "Jesus, O Son of King
David, have mercy on us." Like the Canaanite woman I plead,
have mercy on us, O Lord, King David's Son. For our sons
and daughters have a demon within them, and it torments
them constantly. Have mercy on our children, for they are
mentally deranged and in great trouble, for they often fall
into the fire or into the water.
O Lord, Your Word says, Your mercy goes on from
generation to generation, to all who reverence You. The
mercy of our God is very tender, and heaven's dawn is about
to break upon us. Anyone who asks for mercy from the Lord
shall have it and shall be saved. Our Lord Jesus brought
forgiveness to many through God's mercy.
So I come boldly to the very throne of Yours, O God
and stay there to receive Your mercy and to find grace to
help us in our times of need. Take us into that inner room,
the Holy of Holies, and where the blood of Christ is sprinkled
on the mercy seat by the Eternal Spirit.
O Lord, by Your sovereign power, if it pleases You, You
and can cause the sword of conviction to come near and enter
in. In Your infinite wisdom and love, You may interpose, and
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You know, O God, men and women are dying.You know
in expanding the kingdom of God on this earth. Work, O God,
by whatever method pleasesYou.
Have mercy, O Lord, have mercy upon these people who
do not think the depths of damnation and ruin. They have
pitched their tents in front of the mouth of the hell. If it be
necessary, and seem to You most expedient, use any depths
of calamity and distress! Like the way, You dealt with
Manasseh, taken in the thorns, and laden with the fetters of
affliction, deal with all if that may cause to seek the God of
O Lord, hitherto, You have displayed Your
power in glorious and astonishing instances; for which I
thank You that I have so circumstantially known. Where
people with fortified unbelief pronounced that it is
impossible, You have actually accomplished deliverance.
Therefore, O Lord God, glorify Your name. O Lord
glorify Your grace, in the method which to Your infinite
wisdom shall seem most expedient. Only grant, I beseech
You, with all humble submission to Your Will, that sinners
may be saved, or if not, that the labour of these prayers may
not be altogether in vain, but that if some reject, others may
hearken and live because I prayed without ceasing. So,
having noted fromYour Word, the mighty results in response
power of prayer resorted to these prayers. For this activity of
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grant me grace to make every attempt unashamedly to seek
opportunities to spread the Gospel. For Jesus sake,Amen.
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22. The Encouragement from the LORD
1. "Now go ahead and do as I tell you, for I will help
you to speak well, and I will tell you what to say."
2. "There is none like the God of Jerusalem - He
descends from the heavens in majestic splendor to
3. "Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed.
I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help
you; I will uphold you with my victorious right
4. "I am holding you by your right hand-I, the Lord
your God-and I say to you, Don't be afraid; I am
here to help you. Despised though you are, fear
not, O Israel; for I will help you. I am the Lord,
your Redeemer; I am the Holy One of Israel."
5. The Lord says, "Your request has come at a
favorable time. I will keep you from harm and give
you ... proof that I will reestablish. I am giving you
your freedom! I will make my mountains into level
paths; the highways shall be raised above the
It is a Blasphemy to Disbelieve God70, 71
1. "God is not a man, that he should lie; He doesn't
change his mind like humans do. Has he ever
promised, without doing what he said?"
2. "He has given us both his promise and his oath,
two things we can completely count on, for it is
impossible for God to tell a lie. Now all those who
flee to him to save them can take new courage
when they hear such assurances from God; now
they can know without doubt that he will give them
the salvation he has promised them."
PART VIII: CONCLUSION
Lord, teach us how to pray aright,
With reverence and with fear;
Though dust and ashes in Thy sight,
We may, we must draw near.
We perish if we cease from prayer;
O grant us power to pray;
And when to meet Thee we prepare,
Lord, meet us by the way.
God of all grace, we come to Thee
With broken, contrite hearts;
Give what Thine eye delights to see,
Truth in the inward parts.
Faith in the only sacrifice
That can for sin atone;
To cast our hopes, to fix our eyes,
On Christ, on Christ alone.
Patience to watch, and wait, and weep,
Though mercy long delay;
Courage our fainting souls to keep,
And trust Thee though Thou slay.
Give these, and then Thy will be done,
Thus, strengthened with all might,
We, through Thy Spirit and Thy Son,
Shall pray, and pray aright.
(James Montgomery, 1818)
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Let us pay heed to the Word of Lord Jesus. He said,
"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I
have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.
And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers"72
Satan is not going to spare any child of God. But Lord
Jesus encourages that the "prayer of faith" will surely come
to our rescue. There is a big link between faith and prayer.
Faith is gained by the Word of God, and such faith is
strengthened by prayer for practical use. A faith that does
not lead us to pray is delusion. Prayer is the breath of the
New man. Let us keep the new man alive by heartfelt prayers
Quote from C. H.Spurgeon:
Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of
the kingdom of God. "Ask and ye shall receive."
(John 16:24). It is a rule that will never be
altered in anybody's case. Our Lord Jesus Christ
is the elder brother of the family, but God has
not relaxed the rule even for Him. Remember
this text: Jehovah says to His own Son, "Ask of
me, and I shall give You the heathen for Your
inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth
for Your possession." (Psa 2:8). If the royal and
divine Son of God cannot be exempted from the
rule of asking that He may have, you and I cannot
expect the rule to be relaxed in our favour. Why
should it be? What reason can be given; why we
should be exempted from prayer? What
argument can there be why we should be
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deprived of the privilege and delivered from the
necessity of supplication? I can see none; can
but Elijah must pray for it. If the chosen nation
is to prosper, Samuel must plead for it. If the
Jews are to be delivered, Daniel must intercede.
God will bless Paul, and the nations will be
converted through him but Paul must pray.
Indeed, he did pray without ceasing; his epistles
show that he expected nothing except by asking
for it. If you may have everything by asking, and
nothing without asking, I beg you to see how
absolutely vital prayer is, and I beseech you to
abound in it.
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
(Fanny Crosby, 1873)
I Sam 12:23-24.
Heb 5:12f. (TLB).
Heb 4:16. TLB.
Eccl 5:2; Hos 14:2.
Psa 37:5; 2 Thess 3:6; 1 Pet 4:11.
Job 42:10f.; Matt 6:6.
1 Thes 3:10; 5:17; 2 Cor 13:7; Eph 1:18; 3:16; 6:18; 3:17;
6:19; 6:20; Phil 1:4; Col 1:10; 4:3; 4:4; 2 Thess 1:11; 1:12;
3:2; 1 Tim 5:5; 2 Thess 3:1;Phil 6; Jam 5:13; 5:14; 5:16; 3
John 2; Jude 20.
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will appear when we pronounce theWord of God with faith.
Matt 11:28ff.; Psa 45:10; Rev 3:3; Ezek 18:23; Luke 15:7,10;
2 Cor 5:19 (TLB); Luke 5:31f. (TLB)
John 1:29, 3:16.
Heb 9:13f.; 1 John 1:8f.; 1 John 1:7; Prov 28:13. NIV.
NIV, Rom 6:6; Rom 8:11;TLB, Rom 8:12f.
Matt. 22:37ff.; John 21:15ff.; Rev.2:4f.
Eph 4:23f.; 2 Peter 1:2; Phil 2:13; Rom 8:6(TLB).
1 Sam 16:7.
Isaiah 40:11, 57:15, 60:5.
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Acts 2:1ff. (TLB).
Eph 5:18; Luke 11:13; Exod 31:1f.;Acts 6:8.(TLB); Phil 1:6;
Psalm 18:50. 20:6.
Luke 24:35; Exod 33:18f.; Psa 85:8.(NIV); Psa 119:103; 1
Sam 3:10; Matt 13:16f.
Matt 11:28; John 6:51ff.; 1 Cor 11:24f.; John 6:63.
2 Cor 8:9.
James 2:23; Gen 5:21;Amos 3:3; Heb 13:5.
Num 32:9; Job 4:3ff. 1 Cor 16:13; Gal 5:17f.; Heb 10:35f.;
Heb 2:10f.; 2 Kin 6:16.
Job 7:1; Matt 26:41; 1 Peter 5:8; Matt 13:19ff. James
1:14ff.; 1 Cor 10:13; 1 Peter 1:13(RSV); Rom 15:3; Heb
Psa 37:4; Deut 30:7ff.; Psa 149:4; Isa 42:1; 61:10.
Eph 1:4ff.; 1:11ff.; Eph 1:14.
Jude 3; 2 Tim 4:7; 4:16.
Prov 4:18f.; Hos 7:9f.; 2 Cor 5:15; Psa 51:7ff.
Matt 26:33ff.; Matt 26:40f.; Matt 26:74f.; Rom 11:20; Psa
38:3ff.; Jer 3:13; Psa 119:176.
Isa 59:1ff.; Isa 64:7; Psa 27:4; Psa 63:4f.; Isa 33:17; Psa
22:1ff.; Job 23:8ff.; 1 Thess 5:14; Job 22:26 ff.; Psa 37:8;
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Psa 37:34; Jer 12:14f.; Psa 77:6ff.; Lam 3:21ff.; Isa 54:7f.;
Luke 24:35; Heb 2:18; 1 Kings 19:12ff.
Job 5:6f.; Neh 9:33; Ezra 9:13; James 1:2ff.; 1 Thess 5:18;
Rom 5:3ff.; Heb 12:5f.; Lev 26:27f.; Psa 119:71.
2 Cor 5:10; Rev 14:7; 1 John 4:17; Acts 7:55.
Matt 9:37f.; 7:7f.; Luke 11:13; Col 4:3f.
Esther 4:15f. (TLB) .
Esther 4:13f. (TLB).
Rom 10:1; Rom 9:1; Isa 1:2f.; Acts 7:51; Dan 5:22f.;
Matt.11:17; Ezek 2:7; Acts 18:6; Ezek 22:14.
2 Chron. 33:11f.
Rom.2:16; 2 Cor.2:15.
Exod 4:12; Deut 33:26; Isa 41:10; 41:13f.; 49:8ff.
Num 23:19; Heb 6:18.
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