Whose Side am I on Anyway?

Good and evil

Am I continually saying with amazement to my common-sense life—why do you want to turn me off? Don’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business? I must give myself to the Word and prayer. Am I simple enough to identify myself with my Lord in this way? Is He getting His wonderful way in me, or have I carefully put Him on one side?

Is the Son of God praying in me or am I dictating to Him? Is the Son of God in me going through His passion for His own purposes?

Oswald Chambers

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Then Why Pray?

Pondering

Provoking Thoughts on Prayer

“Your Father knows what things you need before you ask.” Then why ask? The idea of prayer is not first to get answers from God; prayer is perfect and complete oneness with God. If we only pray because we want answers, we will eventually get huffy with God. The answers come every time, but not always in the way we expect. We are not here to prove God answers prayer; we are here to be living monuments of God’s grace.

When prayer seems to be unanswered, beware of trying to fix blame somewhere. You will find there is a reason, which is a deep instruction to you, not to anyone else.

Oswald Chambers

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The Ministry of the Interior Part II

AbidingThe Ministry of the Interior Part II

Am I fulfilling the ministry of the interior?

Provoking Thoughts on Prayer

There is no snare or any danger of infatuation or pride in intercession, it is a hidden ministry that brings forth fruit whereby the Father is glorified. It is the interior ministry. Am I allowing my spiritual life to be frittered away, or am I bringing it all to one center—Jesus? Is Jesus Christ more and more dominating every interest of my life?

I must take time to realize the central point of power in my interior. Do I give one minute out of sixty to concentrate upon it? Do I take time to abide? Is the greatest factor of power in my life work, service, and sacrifice for others, or trying to work for God? We must be determined to be limited and concentrate our affinities. The disciple who abides in Jesus is the will of God, and his apparently free choices are God’s foreordained decrees.

Oswald Chambers

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This is Intercession Friday 30 December

Praying

Provoking Thoughts on Prayer

This is Intercession

When we pray for others the Spirit of God works in the unconscious domain of their being that we know nothing about, and the one we are praying for knows nothing about, but after the passing of time the conscious life of the one prayed for begins to show sigs of unrest and disquiet. We may have spoken until we are worn out, but have never come anywhere near, and we have given up in despair. But if we have been praying, we find on meeting them one day that there is the beginning of a softening in an inquiry and a desire to know something.

It is that kind of intercession that does the most damage to Satan’s kingdom. It is so slight, so feeble in its initial stages that if reason is not wedded to the light of the Holy Spirit, we will never obey it, and yet it is that kind of intercession that the New Testament places most emphasis on.

Oswald Chambers

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Do You Have a Sentimental Interest in Prayer?

Casual

The reason many of us leave off praying and become hard towards God is because we have only a sentimental interest in prayer. It sounds right to say that we pray; we read books on prayer, which tell us that prayer is beneficial, that our minds are quieted, and our souls uplifted when we pray; but Isaiah implies that God is amazed at such thoughts.

We hurl our own petitions at God’s throne and dictate to Him as to what we wish Him to do. Are we so worshipping God that we rouse ourselves up to lay hold on Him so that we may be brought into contact with His mind about the ones for whom we pray? Are we living a holy relationship with God? Get into the real work of intercession, and remember it is a work that taxes every power; but a work which has no snare. Preaching the gospel has a snare; intercessory prayer has none.
Oswald Chambers

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