Prayer & Holiness

I received this from a dear friend of mine and was incredibly encouraged and spurred on towards prayer. How great our God is…

“2 Peter 1.3-15
‘3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.’
Here is the Spurgeon passage:

‘…When the Creator gives His creature the power of thirst, it is because water exists to meet its thirst.  When He creates hunger, there is food to correspond to the appetite.  Even so, when He inclines men to pray, it is because prayer has a corresponding blessing connected with it.

We find a powerful reason for expecting prayer to be effective in the fact that it is an institution of God.  In God’s Word we are over and over again commanded to pray.  God’s institutions are not folly.  Can I believe that the infinitely wise God has ordained for me an exercise that is ineffective and is no more than child’s play?  Does He tell me to pray, and yet does prayer have no more of a result than if I whistled to the wind or sang to a grove of trees?  If there is no answer to prayer, prayer is a monstrous absurdity, and God is the author of it, which it is blasphemy to assert.  Only a fool will continue to pray when you have once proved to him that prayer has no effect with God and never receives an answer.  If it is indeed true that its effects end with the man who prays, prayer is a work for idiots and madmen, not for sane people!

I will not enter into any arguments upon the matter.  Rather, I am coming to my text, which to me, at least, and to you who are followers of Christ, is the end of all controversy.  Our Savior knew quite well that many difficulties would arise in connection with prayer that might tend to stagger His disciples, and therefore He has balanced every opposition by an overwhelming assurance.  Read those words, “I say unto you.” “I”—your Teacher, your Master, your Lord, your Savior, your God—“I say unto you, Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

In the text our Lord meets all difficulties first by giving us the weight of His own authority: “I say unto you.”  Next, He presents us with a promise: “Ask, and it shall be given you” and so on.  Then He reminds us of an indisputable fact:  “Every one that asks receives.”’

~God is so funny. This passage of scripture has come up multiple times from different people over the past three days…awe I love His providence and thankful for He ALONE is all-knowing and all-loving. I am so glad He does not and will never share His glory with another. Not me. Not you. I’m so glad He is on the Throne and that it is for no one else, for no one else is Righteous. No one else is Holy. HOLY. Gosh to think on that word…I’m glad our God, alone, is Holy.

Another passage I keep thinking on is Colossians 3.12-14

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

1 Corinthians 6.9-13

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

Last thought: a little sample of the past week…

Matthew 5.8

“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.”

:) make our hearts pure, oh God…we can thank Jesus for His cleansing blood.

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