My thoughts this morning are on those that pray. Praying ones, are after the very deepest form of grace…that of being saved from all sin, both inward and outward.
The Word of God and Prayer is what sets the standard of a Christians life, so vital, so far reaching, that it enters into all of life.
The Scriptures alone are to be what sets our standards in life, not our own man made standards.
As these Scriptures states:
- Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
- Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
- Philippians 2:12–13… “work out you own Salvation with fear and trembling” …For it is God within which worketh in you both to will and to do of His great pleasure.”
- Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Obedience to God and His Word plays an important role in this life of sanctification and consecration.
We will notice compassion playing an important part of the spirit filled life. We can also see the importance Christ has placed on prayer as a high standard, in the Christian faith.
Nothing less than a life of prayer, will bring revival to the life of an individual, in which God expects nothing less than “a living sacrifice”.
A dying out of self, knowing who God is and who we are in Christ through prayer, a definite standard set by our Lord Christ Jesus.
The new-birth is a definite Christian experience inwardly and to be experienced outwardly… always advancing, knowing where we are going.
The praying one will not become complacent and will not be part of compromise.
God has spoken in the scriptures to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling,” but “it is God who works in us to will and do of his good pleasure.” This will only come to pass to the one who is in much prayer, yes, working out our own salvation.
The praying person will have a life of compassion reaching out in prayer to those in need.
- Compassion has in it the very quality of mercy which moves the soul with a tenderness of feeling, for others.
- Compassion moves at the sight of sin, sorrow and suffering.
- Compassion has sympathy (pity/understanding) for others, is interested in them and concerned about them.
When one sees the helplessness, the massive amount of people in want, distressed without help; it causes compassion to develop within the praying soul.
The heart is stirred and prayer becomes more earnest. Jesus was stirred with compassion and met the need of the helpless.
Yes, it is this excitement of compassion that reaches into the very depth of the heart; moved by the sinfulness of sin for humanity and is moved like our Lord was moved, as it is written, “when he saw the multitudes, with their hunger, and various conditions of helplessness he was moved with compassion on them.”
Be ready at all times, to reach out and touch the hurting with the compassion of Christ.
As always, love in Christ Jesus,