Effective Prayer

“Oh, that I knew where I might find Him!
that I might come even to His seat!
I would order my cause before Him
and fill my mouth with arguments.”
Job 23:3-4. (KJV)

Our verses for today have often been a source of instruction for me in the art of prayer. I have used these verses in devotionals before, yet I feel compelled to hear them speak again. As the old proverb says, “If the water in the well is good the path to it is likely to be well worn.”

Job had suffered the loss of family, wealth, friends, and even his health. Now the final and most painful loss of all came to him when he could not find the sweet presence of his God. Job did not trust in his vast riches nor did he find his greatest pleasure in family or his great position in society. His greatest delight was always in the presence of his God.

Now that Job could not find his Maker, he was truly bereft of his wealth. This position he found himself in was the lowest of all and nothing else that could happen would add anything further to his suffering. It has been well said that the richest believer is no richer than the poorest believer.

Many years ago, a missionary who smuggled Bibles behind the Iron Curtain, spoke of how the underground church prayed for believers in the West. Apparently, their great burden for us was that Western Christians would not be spiritually ruined by their material prosperity. Not until I heard that prayer request did I believe myself at risk!

A wonderful sermon on our verses for today is “Effective Prayer” by C.H. Spurgeon. It is the finest sermon on prayer I have ever heard or read. I encourage you to download the PDF file here and take the time to read it. Your prayer life will be forever changed.

Nothing teaches us so much the preciousness of the Creator as when we learn the emptiness of all else besides. During our present quarantine we have an unprecedented opportunity to enrich our prayer life if we take the time. Your loving heavenly Father is waiting for you to spend time with Him. Come, and come now.

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