But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.Isaiah 59:2(NASB)
I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NLT)
Christ's spirituality was not that He was remote from what was practical in everyday life. It was that He was bringing the heavenly forces and resources to bear upon the practical matters of everyday life. You can wash doors, or clothes, or floors, or do any of these ordinary domestic things, in spirituality. People seem to think that spiritual work and ordinary work, household work for example, are two different things. They talk about the spiritual work and the other work. Now, you can bring heavenly resources in to do anything that is legitimate, and the doing of those things may be a testimony.
The majority of people have no occasion to draw upon heavenly resources for a platform ministry. For the most part their work is of some regular, daily kind, and very often they feel utterly unable for it, and they are tempted to think that if they had some spiritual ministry to fulfill, if they had to go and take a meeting, or speak to some souls about spiritual matters, they could make a claim upon the Lord for help and He would carry them through. For the trivial round and common task such a thought is all too often wholly absent from the mind. Now, exactly the same resources have to come into the ordinary work as into what we call spiritual work. It has all to be done on a spiritual basis, and therefore to be a testimony. To get through an ordinary day's work often requires something more than ordinary human resources. Spirituality consists in our doing everything as from heaven. Let us be careful how we draw a line, lest we make a distinction between the spiritual and “the rest.”
When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven. § My Father and your Father, and . . . My God and your God.
As the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. § The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. § You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
“Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me?” § I and My Father are one. § As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men. § But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
This is your hour, and the power of darkness. § You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above.
The Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. § [ Jesus] … cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.
All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. § Those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons.
The God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Gal. 6:14).
It will save years of frustration and effort for one to understand that prayer can never be learned, or developed. Prayer is the outflow of the new life; as one grows, as the Cross frees the new from the old, there is the growth of effective prayer."Without the Cross, prayer becomes a mere religious formality - without prayer, the Cross is arrested in its purpose. As the Cross works in us, keeping in the place of death every assertion of the old man, and everything in our natures that is against God, our spirit finds a clear way up to the communion at the throne and a clear way out into conflict with our enemy.
"Prayer is the spring of power in conflict, and conflict gives the proof of the value and need of prayer. It cannot be too frequently emphasized that for the believer, the ground or basis of prayer is the death of Jesus Christ - the victory won by the Son of God on Calvary, just as the ground and basis of His intercession at this moment is His propitiation on the Cross. Away from the Cross prayer becomes nothing more than an ecclesiastical ordinance or a religious exercise expressed in devotional phrases; and I beg of you, when you read a book on prayer, to find out the place in it which the author gives to the Cross, and you will be able to estimate its value." -G.W.
"God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you" (1 Sam. 12:23).
“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8
God did not address the call to Isaiah; Isaiah overheard God saying, "Who will go for us?" The call of God is not for the special few, it is for everyone. Whether or not I hear God's call depends upon the state of my ears; and what I hear depends upon my disposition. "Many are called but few are chosen," that is, few prove themselves the chosen ones. The chosen ones are those who have come into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ whereby their disposition has been altered and their ears unstopped, and they hear the still small voice questioning all the time, "Who will go for us?"
It is not a question of God singling out a man and saying, "Now, you go." God did not lay a strong compulsion on Isaiah; Isaiah was in the presence of God and he overheard the call, and realized that there was nothing else for him but to say, in conscious freedom, "Here am I, send me." Get out of your mind the idea of expecting God to come with compulsions and pleadings. When our Lord called His disciples there was no irresistible compulsion from outside. The quiet passionate insistence of His "Follow Me" was spoken to men with every power wide awake.
If we let the Spirit of God bring us face to face with God, we too shall hear something akin to what Isaiah heard, the still small voice of God; and in perfect freedom will be able to say, "Here am I; send me."
And Jesus must needs go through Samaria.
What very precious and heart-warming words were written in this little verse: He must 'needs go' through Samaria. Earlier He had a personal interview with Andrew and John.. who beheld, the Lamb of God. They sat with Him for a few hours, but they came out with new hope and new motives. Also He spent an evening with a member of the Sanhedrin – Nicodemus, and from this intimate meeting and cherished fellowship – a man was born again. And here, today we discover that Jesus:- must needs to go through Samaria.
We are not told that the scenery was better in that region. We are not informed that Jesus thought it would be a nice change! He HAD to go.. because there was one precious woman who needed Him.. so, He needs to travel through Samaria – He needs to go there. The route through this particular terrain was arduous and very hostile.. for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. John 4:9. This was indeed a route to Galilee, that for preference was avoided by the Jew. The established route was to the east along the path of the Jordan River.. but this western route caused Jesus to travel through ‘occupied‘ land.. territory inhabited by the despised Samaritans. A place of rejection and scoffing – a place more often avoided than courted.
Why? Why is it that He must 'needs go' this way? Why…Because there was a well along the way by which He needed to travel – Jacob’s Well. Jesus knew that at the sixth hour a woman would be there.. a woman lost in trespasses and sins – a woman without God and without hope. Oh yes, a woman needed Him. He was her hope; He was her one hope; He was her one and her only hope – but the woman would not have come to Jesus. He needed to go to her. YesJesusread more
And shall not God avenge His own elect which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.
God’s seasons are not at your beck and whim. If the first stroke of the flint doth not bring forth the fire:- you must strike again. God will hear prayer, but He may not answer it at the time which we in our minds have appointed! God will reveal Himself to our seeking hearts, but not just when and where and how we have settled in our own expectations.
Hence the need for perseverance in prayer. Hence the need for importunity in supplication. In the days of flint and steel and brimstone they needed to be struck and struck.. again and again – dozens of times, before a spark would light up the tinder box. Should we not be as persevering and hopeful as to heavenly things? Never let us despair – for we have God’s promises at our back. God’s time for mercy will come; yes.. it has come, if our time for believing has arrived.
Ask in faith – nothing wavering, but never cease from petitioning because the King delays to reply. Strike the steel again. Make the sparks fly and have your tinder ready.. you will get a light before long.
Theodore L. Cuyler said the following…. I do not believe that there is such a thing in the history of God’s kingdom, as a right prayer offered in a right spirit that is forever left unanswered.