Who Shall Deliver
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor, his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God—2 Corinthians 9:8-11.
It often happens that a seeker of God and salvation will read his Bible much, and yet never see the truth of a free and full and immediate justification by faith. Once his eyes are opened and he accepts it, he is amazed to find it everywhere. In just the same way, many believers who believe in the doctrine of free grace as applied to pardon have never seen its wondrous meaning to work a whole new life in us. It can actually give us strength every moment for whatever the Father wills us to be and do.
When God’s light shines into our heart with this blessed truth, we know what Paul meant, “Not I, but the grace of God” (1 Cor. 15:10 KJV). There again you have the twofold Christian life. One part is that in which the “not I”—I am nothing, I can do nothing—has not yet become a reality. The other is when the wondrous exchange has been made, and grace has taken the place of our effort. Then we say and know, “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Gal. 2:20 KJV). This may then become a lifelong experience: “The grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy. 1:14 KJV).
Beloved child of God, do you believe it possible that this has been the problem in your life, the cause of failure in prayer? You did now know how grace would enable you to pray, if you placed your whole life under its power. You sought by earnest effort to conquer your reluctance or deadness in prayer, but failed. You strove by every motive of shame or love you could think of to stir yourself to it, but it would not help. Wouldn’t it be worthwhile to ask the Lord whether the message I bring you as His servant may not be more true than you think? Your lack of prayer is the result of a diseased state of life, and the disease is this: you have not accepted, in your daily life and in your Christian duty, the full salvation the Word brings. “Ye are not under law, but under grace” (Rom. 6:14 KJV). The provision of grace and the power by which it makes us reign in life is not only as universal and deep reaching as the demand of the law and the reign of sin, it is more than “exceeding abundant” (1 Tim. 1:14).
- How frequently do I pray each day? Do I often see answers to those prayers?
- Am I satisfied with my prayer life? What can I do about changing it?
Prayer – Father, teach me to pray. I want to experience real power in my prayer, not so I can get the things I want, but so I feel real fellowship and communion with You. Help me Father, I can’t do this on my own. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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