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Weekly Contemplation

Suffering is never wasted – it is used to make us more like Christ and, as a result, causes the grace of God to spread, and God is glorified.

~ KayArthur, Lord, I Give You This Day: 366 Appointments with God

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“Consequently, a good way of measuring a man’s true view of authority is therefore to examine how well he defers to and submits to others. It is not wise to entrust a man with authority who does not know himself how to submit to authority. Any man in leadership who demands submission or obedience should be prepared for the request, ‘Show us how.’ “

~ Douglas Wilson, pg. 129, For Kirk and Covenant: The Stalwart Courage of John Knox (Leaders in Action Series)

Weekly Contemplation

We live therefore in the last days of humanism. Its suicidal nature brings it to ruin as a result of its very triumph. Our problem today is not the strength of the humanists, for they are weak. It is the absence, laziness, and weakness of Christians.

~ R.J. Rushdoony, p. 690, The Roots of Reconstruction

Weekly Contemplation

Prayer is the one prime, eternal condition by which the Father is pledged to put the Son in possession of the world. Christ prays through His people. Had there been importunate, universal, and continuous prayer by God’s people, long ere this the earth had been possessed for Christ. The delay is not to be accounted for by the inveterate obstacles, but by lack of the right asking. We do more of everything else than of praying. As poor as our giving is, our contributions of money exceed our offerings of prayer. Perhaps in the average congregation fifty aid in paying, where one saintly, ardent soul shuts itself up with God and wrestles for the deliverance of the heathen world. Official praying on set or state occasions counts for nothing in this estimate. We emphasize other things more than we do the necessity of prayer.

~ E. M. Bounds, The Best of E.M. Bounds on Prayer (Best Series)

Weekly Contemplation

Prayer is the one prime, eternal condition by which the Father is pledged to put the Son in possession of the world. Christ prays through His people. Had there been importunate, universal, and continuous prayer by God’s people, long ere this the earth had been possessed for Christ. The delay is not to be accounted for by the inveterate obstacles, but by lack of the right asking. We do more of everything else than of praying. As poor as our giving is, our contributions of money exceed our offerings of prayer. Perhaps in the average congregation fifty aid in paying, where one saintly, ardent soul shuts itself up with God and wrestles for the deliverance of the heathen world. Official praying on set or state occasions counts for nothing in this estimate. We emphasize other things more than we do the necessity of prayer.

~ E. M. Bounds, The Best of E.M. Bounds on Prayer (Best Series)

Weekly Contemplation

When we calmly reflect upon the fact that the progress of our Lord’s kingdom is dependent upon prayer, it is sad to think that we give so little time to the holy exercise. Everything depends upon prayer, and yet we neglect it not only to our own spiritual hurt but also to the delay and injury of our Lord’s cause upon earth. The forces of good and evil are contending for the world. If we would, we could add to the conquering power of the army of righteousness, and yet our lips are sealed, our hands hang listlessly by our side, and we jeopardize the very cause in which we profess to be deeply interested by holding back from the prayer chamber.

~ E. M. Bounds, The Best of E.M. Bounds on Prayer (Best Series)

Weekly Contemplation

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matt. 7:7). The strongest one in Christ’s kingdom is he who is the best knocker. The secret of success in Christ’s kingdom is the ability to pray. The one who can wield the power of prayer is the strong one, the holy one in Christ’s kingdom. The most important lesson we can learn is to pray.

~ E. M. Bounds, The Best of E.M. Bounds on Prayer (Best Series)

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