I told you couple weeks ago that I’ve become a blogger grid member at Bible Gateway. As part of that wonderful group of bloggers, I have begun getting Bible Gateway devotionals. One of the ones I get is Tozer on Christian Leadership designed for pastors. I am not an official pastor, but aren’t we all missionaries and priests for Jesus?
1 Peter 2:9 [Full Chapter]. “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
here are two examples of that devotional. I have very much enjoyed it. I hope you do too!
Prayer: If God Answers Prayer
So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” —Isaiah 6:5
Why does God answer prayer? Let’s not imagine that it’s because somebody was good. We Protestants think we don’t believe in saints, but we do. We canonize them: we have Saint George Mueller, Saint C.H. Spurgeon, Saint D.L. Moody and Saint A.B. Simpson. We get the idea that God answered prayer for them because they were really good. They would deny that fervently if they were here.
Nobody ever got anything from God on the grounds that he deserved it. Having fallen, man deserves only punishment and death. So if God answers prayer it’s because God is good. From His goodness, His lovingkindness, His good-natured benevolence, God does it! That’s the source of everything. The Attributes of God, pp. 46-47
“Thank You, God, that You are indeed good, You are faithful, You are gracious, You are full of lovingkindness and benevolence. Thank You that You do in fact answer prayer! Amen.”
Prayer: Confidence in Him
You can have this confidence in God, and you can have this respect for His will. Do not expect God to perform miracles for you so you can write books about them. Do not ever be caught asking God to send you toys like that to play around with.
But if you are in trouble and concerned about your situation and willing to be honest with God, you can have confidence in Him. You can go to Him in the merit of His Son, claiming His promises, and He will not let you down. God will help you, and you will find the way of deliverance.
God will move heaven and earth for you if you will trust Him. Faith Beyond Reason, p. 49
“Thank You, Father, for the majesty of this truth. It certainly is only in the merit of Your Son, but in that merit You’ve given us a powerful promise. Thank You that You never let us down. Amen.”