Archive for November, 2007

Claiming God’s Abundant Promises

Friday, November 30th, 2007

“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”-John vii. 37. 38.

This morning after being blessed reading Ephesians 4 and discovering how Jesus wants to be seen through me, I completed reading the chapter “Thirst Relieved” from J. C. Ryle’s book Holiness. If you haven’t read the book yet, you should. It is considered, and for good reason, the BEST book ever written on the subject. I assigned the book to the class studying spirituality at the Seminary this summer, and many came to the same BEST conclusion that so many others have come to!

This chapter speaks of the amazing gift that Jesus offered us in inviting us to come and drink of the living water that He wants to make available in abundant streams to us and through us to others.

A portion of the chapter has to do with the abundant promises that are found in the Bible. I was blessed and believe you will be blessed as well. After reading this excerpt, find the rest of the chapter at path2prayer.com

J. C. Ryle writes:

The subject of Scripture promises is a vast and most interesting one. I doubt whether it receives the attention which it deserves in the present day. “Clarke’s Scripture Promises” is an old book which is far less studied now, I suspect, than it was in the days of our fathers. Few Christians realize the number, and length, and breadth, and depth, and height, and variety of the precious “shalls” and “wills” laid up in the Bible for the special benefit and encouragement of all who will use them.

Yet promise lies at the bottom of nearly all the transactions of man with man in the affairs of this life. The vast majority of Adam’s children in every civilized country are acting every day on the faith of promises. The labourer on the land works hard from Monday morning to Saturday night, because he believes that at the end of the week he shall receive his promised wages. The soldier enlists in the army, and the sailor enters his name on the ship’s books in the navy, in the full confidence that those under whom they serve will at some future time give them their promised pay. The humblest maid-servant in a family works on from day to day at her appointed duties, in the belief that her mistress will give her the promised wages. In the business of great cities, among merchants, and bankers, and tradesmen, nothing could be done without incessant faith in promises. Every man of sense knows that cheques and bills, and promissory notes, are the only means by which the immense majority of mercantile affairs can possibly be carried on. Men of business are compelled to act by faith and not by sight. They believe promises, and expect to be believed themselves. In fact, promises, and faith in promises, and actions springing from faith in promises, are the back-bone of nine-tenths of all the dealings of man with his fellow-men throughout Christendom.

Now promises, in like manner, in the religion of the Bible, are one grand means by which God is pleased to approach the soul of man. The careful student of Scripture cannot fail to observe that God is continually holding out inducements to man to listen to Him, obey Him, and serve Him, and undertaking to do great things, if man will only attend and believe. In short, as St. Peter says, “There are given to us exceeding great and precious promises.” (2 Pet. i. 4.) He who has mercifully caused all Holy Scripture to be written for our learning has shown His perfect knowledge of human nature, by spreading over the Book a perfect wealth of promises, suitable to every kind of experience and every condition of life. He seems to say, “Would you know what I undertake to do for you? Do you want to hear my terms? “-”Take up the Bible and read.”

But there is one grand difference between the promises of Adam’s children and the promises of God, which ought never to be forgotten. The promises of man are not sure to be fulfilled. With the best wishes and intentions, he cannot always keep his word. Disease and death may step in like an armed man, and take away from this world him that promises. War, or pestilence, or famine, or failure of crops, or hurricanes, may strip him of his property, and make it impossible for him to fulfil his engagements. The promises of God, on the contrary, are certain to be kept. He is Almighty: nothing can prevent His doing what He has said. He never changes: He is always “of one mind”: and with Him there is “no variableness or shadow of turning.” (Job xxiii. 13; James 1. 17.) He will always keep His word. There is one thing which, as a little girl once told her teacher, to her surprise, God cannot do: “It is impossible for God to lie.” (Heb. vi. 18.) The most unlikely and improbable things, when God has once said He will do them, have always come to pass. The destruction of the old world by a flood, and the preservation of Noah in the ark, the birth of Isaac, the deliverance ofIsrael from Egypt, the raising of David to the throne of Saul, the miraculous birth of Christ, the resurrection of Christ, the scattering of the Jews all over the earth, and their continued preservation as a distinct people-who could imagine events more unlikely and improbable than these? Yet God said they should be, and in due time they all came to pass. In truth, with God it is just as easy to do a thing as to say it. Whatever He promises, He is certain to perform.

Concerning the variety and riches of Scripture promises, far more might be said than it is possible to say in a short paper like this. Their name is legion. The subject is almost inexhaustible. There is hardly a step in man’s life, from childhood to old age, hardly any position in which man can be placed, for which the Bible has not held out encouragement to everyone who desires to do right in the sight of God. There are “shalls” and “wills” in God’s treasury for every condition. About God’s infinite mercy and compassion-about His readiness to receive all who repent and believe-about His willingness to forgive, pardon, and absolve the chief of sinners-about His power to change hearts and alter our corrupt nature-about the encouragements to pray, and hear the Gospel, and draw near to the throne of grace-about strength for duty, comfort in trouble, guidance in perplexity, help in sickness, consolation in death, support under bereavement, happiness beyond the grave, reward in glory-about all these things there is an abundant supply of promises in the Word. No one can form an idea of its abundance unless he carefully searches the Scriptures, keeping the subject steadily in view. If anyone doubts it, I can only say, “Come and see.” Like the Queen of Sheba at Solomon’s Court, you will soon say, “The half was not told me.” (1 Kings x. 7.)”–Taken from Ryle’s Holiness

I hope you were blessed. Here is where you will find the rest of Thirst Relieved from Holiness by J. C. Ryle.

Find more on the more abundant life at path2prayer.com

Remarkable Manifestations of God’s Providence

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Prior to moving to Michigan where I now live, I had what I have always called, “The Summer of Answered Prayer.” I was in a time of challenging finances, needed clear direction from God, felt He was telling me to move, but wasn’t obtaining answers to my prayers.

I began reading Andrew Murray’s With Christ in the School of Prayer, and doing whatever Murray suggested in the short readings. In the course of those readings, I learned about asking specifically, asking according to God’s will, asking expectantly, seeking to be free of hindering factors, etc., and persevering and praising God no matter what was going on.

As a result of several breakthrough understandings, prayer began being answered in marvelous ways. Those answers, and the things I learned in obtaining those answers, brought about the prayer ministry that I am now a part of.

And note, the answers came to a “nobody” so far as the world is concerned, from a heavenly SOMEBODY! who is more than able to answer the prayers of His children.

One of my prayer partners sent me the following encouraging testimony of modern day miracles. Bear in mind as you read that these answers came to a person who is regularly talking to God, always seeking to know and do His will, and making a difference for Him–all of these things being prime factors in obtaining answers to prayer.

Never dreamed that we would be moving this Christmas. It all came up so suddenly. Our Insurance and Taxes went “out the roof.” Because of the hurricanes, they say. We haven’t had one for two years and we ourselves have never had a claim. We did not think we could get a buyer for our house since so many are up for sale but are having to go into foreclosure. A lot of people can’t sell and they can’t even rent their houses. So we did not put up a “For Sale” sign.

Two years ago someone wrote to us telling us any time we wanted to sell they would give us cash, we wouldn’t have to do any repairs, etc. My husband kept the letter and contacted the man about a month or six weeks ago. We were shocked when he said he was still interested. When he told us what he would give us for it, we told him we would have to make a trip to KY to see what we could find.

The second day we were there, the Lord led us to the right place. A cute little house in the country with one acre of beautiful trees all around us. The house is like new. There won’t be a thing we will have to do. The owners have fixed it up like new and added on. The outside looks like shingles, but it is a kind of cement that will not burn. The floors are beautiful hardwood floors. There are three bedrooms, two baths, a handy kitchen, a large laundry room and a great room–dining room and living room combined. As soon as you come in the door you can see through the house to the back woods through the double glass doors.

The closing on our house here should go through sometime this week. The movers said they could come either this week or the first of Dec. My husband and I are staying until after Dec. 16 to sing in the Messiah whenever the movers come. Our son is the conducting in two churches. We wouldn’t want to miss that! We should be in our house before Christmas.

We have enjoyed living close to our son these past seven years. We enjoyed living close to our daughter when we were in California. Now we will enjoy living within 10 miles of our other daughter. And we will be much closer to the other daughter, too. That will be nice. Now we will have to travel to see our son. We feel so fortunate that all of our children want to live near us.

We feel God is getting us in the country for some reason that we aren’t aware of right now. I know we are told when the Sunday laws go into effect to leave the large cities preparetory of leaving the smaller ones. (5T 464). Whether that is the reason right now or not only time will tell.

Find more information on how to get answers to prayer at path2prayer.com.

Loving God Supremely

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

I received this today and want to pass it on to you. I hope my love for Jesus is of the right kind.

This comes from Thomas Watson:

Love to God is an expansion of soul, or the inflaming
of the affectionsËœby which a Christian breathes after
God as the supreme and sovereign good.

“There is nothing on earth that I desire beside You.”
Psalm 73:25. The Christian loves God above all other
objects. God is the quintessence of all good things;
He is superlatively good. The soul admiring in Him
that constellation of all excellenciesËœis carried out
in love to Him in the highest degree. God, who is
the chief of our happinessËœmust have the chief of
our affections. The creature may have the milk of
our loveËœbut God must have the cream! Though
some drops of love may run to our kindred and
friendsËœyet the full torrent must run out after
Christ. Relations may lie on the bosomËœbut
Christ must lie in the heart!

We set a high value upon God as being the most sublime
and infinite good. We so esteem God, as that if we have
HimËœwe do not care though we lack all other things. The
stars vanish, when the sun appears. All creatures vanish
in our thoughts, when the Sun of righteousness shines in
His full splendor. The soul that loves God, rejoices in Him
as in his treasureËœand rests in Him as his center. The
heart is so set upon GodËœthat it desires no more.

We must love God more for what He is (His intrinsic
excellencies)Ëœthan for what He bestows. True love is
not mercenary. You need not hire a mother to love her
child. Just so, a soul deeply in love with God needs not
be hired by rewards. It cannot but love HimËœfor that
luster of beauty which sparkles forth in Him!

“And we know that all things work together for
good to those who love God.” Romans 8:28

Despisers and haters of GodËœhave no lot or part
in this privilege. It is children’s breadËœit belongs
only to those who love God.

This is a sharp reproof to those who do not love God,
to such as have not a grain of love to God in their
heartsËœand are there such reprobates alive? He who
does not love GodËœis a beast with a man’s head!
Oh wretch! Do you live upon God’s bounty every day
˜yet not love Him! These are monsters in nature˜
devils in the shape of men! Let them read their doom:
“If anyone does not love the Lord, that person is
cursed!” 1 Corinthians 16:22

Might we live today in the love of God!

Find practical tips on how to know and serve God in the right way at path2prayer.com

I received this from Grace Gems.

Hints on Prevailing Intercessory Prayer

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

I am continually seeking clear and helpful articles on practical Christianity. Recently I came upon the following article by A. T. Pierson, on intercessory prayer.

I appreciated his article because he speaks so positively on what is possible through prayer! Note the following:

Consider well before you put any object or person before you in prayer; whether it is according to the will of God; whether you can claim for your request a definite promise, whether it is laid as a burden on your heart by the spirit of prayer, and having so determined, never cease praying till you have the answer, or at least the assurance of answer. Unite with you in prayer, one or more of the most devout disciples, especially in critical cases. One great advantage is that selfishness is apt to color our supplications, and when others are united with us, they are less affected by motives that may unduly influence us.

Years ago, in my own study of what the Bible taught on prayer, I came upon the idea that we should so believe in the power in prayer, that I would either obtain answers to my prayers, or I would pray to understand what there was in me, or what there was in the prayer, that was preventing God from answering. It transformed my prayer life!

Thoroughly supported by Scripture, Pierson sets out some of the main concerns when seeking answers. I think it would do you well to prayerfully go through his list–me too for that matter.

Finally, here is one more thought from the same article:

The greatest obstacle to the conversion of men is not any barrier in them so much as a barrier in us. The church as a corporate body, have never yet accepted, intelligently, lovingly, joyfully and confidently, the promises of God to praying souls.

The true intercessor learns to claim blessing. He sees all good provided and ready, and he comes to it as a hungry child to his father’s table, not to ask to be fed, but to help himself to what his father’s love has spread before him.

Here is where you can find and read the rest of A. T. Pierson’s helpful article: Hints To Intercessors.

Find more information on obtaining answers to prayer in the Prevailing Prayer and Intercession link at path2prayer.com

Intercessory Prayer Still Works

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Because I am in California visiting my brother I don’t have the time to as faithfully update path2prayer.com. However, I have added one more article from C. H. Spurgeon that is exceedingly helpful on the subject of intercessory prayer.

The following is a helpful sample that will hopefully encourage you to read the entire article:

There is nothing which intercessory prayer cannot do. Oh! believer, you have a mighty engine in your hand, use it well, use it constantly, use it now with faith, and thou shalt surely prevail. But perhaps you have a doubt about interceding for some one who has fallen far into sin. Brethren, did ye ever hear of men who have been thought to be dead while yet alive? Have ye never heard by the farmer’s fire some old-fashioned story of one who was washed and laid out, and wrapped up in his shroud to be put into his coffin, and yet he was but in a trance and not dead? And have ye not heard old legends of men and women who have been buried alive? I cannot vouch for the accuracy of those tales, but I can tell you that spiritually there has been many a man given up for dead that was still within reach of grace. There has been many a soul that has been put into the winding sheet even by Christian people, given up to damnation even by the ministers of Christ, consigned to perdition even by their own kinsfolk. But yet into perdition they did not come, but God found them, and took them out of the horrible pit and out of the miry clay, and set their living feet upon his living rock. Oh! give up nobody; still pray, lay none out for spiritually dead until they are lain out for dead naturally.

I got up early today to make sure I had time to lift up my family and friends in prayer. Reading Spurgeon’s sermon encouraged me to do so and I feel more complete and happy in Jesus as a result. I hope you will read, and then do likewise!

Read Charles Spurgeon’s “Intercessory Prayer.”

Prevailing Prayer: Prayer is Swift

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

From James McConkey:

“God is so near, and the arrows of prayer so swift in their course, and our Father so waitingly intent for every cry of prayer that starts on its upward way, that it does not take long to go in. In an instant of doubt: at the first pang of distress: with the first mis-step of a mistaken course: in the first second of a fierce temptation, we may go in. Amid the rush of traffic, the fever of a hurried day, the pressure of a strained and suffering one you may go in, if for but a second or two of precious approach. You may lift your heart in it all and whisper-”God help me; deliver me: give me strength: guide me: suffer not my foot to slip.” And He will hear you. And you will learn the sweet lesson of how quickly and how easily we may go in, in this so sorely needful life of prayer.” James McConkey Going in to God and Out to Men

There are many beautiful quotations on prevailing prayer at path2prayer.com.

Expanding Our Sphere Through Faithfulness

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25: 21

In my reading this morning, I came across the following statement of James McConkey regarding witnessing:

“It is not the sweep of service but the act of serving which brings the soul-growth. Steady, persistent service seemingly of the most trifling kind will be pasture to your soul, and bring growth to your life. Aim to be faithful in your sphere. Leave to God the expansion of that sphere (italics provided). To teach the class, visit the sick, comfort the sorrowing, cheer the downcast, minister on all sides in the little things which come daily to your willing hands – all this sort of going out will feed your inner life, and steadily advance you in Christian growth. “If ye know these things blessed are ye if ye do them.” It is the doing of little things rather than in the dreaming of great ones that we find pasture and most perfectly fulfill the conditions of growth.” James McConkey Going In To God and Out To Men

I was especially touched by his “Be faithful in your sphere. Leave to God the expansion of that sphere.”

Many of my friends struggle with feeling “faithful” if they are not winning worlds to Christ. I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t aim high, but often in our quest to win “the world,” we overlook the people all around us.

McConkey’s point is that if we are faithful in the things at hand, God will take responsibility for expanding our sphere. He reminds that even in witnessing we should be depending on God.

What does this mean on a practical basis? For all it should begin by being faithful in their daily devotions. It will continue for many by ongoing intercessory prayer for family members and the people they come in contact with every day. It may mean starting a prayer group at the work place, or with other members of your church. It may mean walking around your neighborhood and praying for the people who live there. It may mean helping a neighbor in some way. It may mean helping an older person that God has placed in your pathway. Perhaps, as a result of ongoing prayer, it may mean giving Bible studies to someone. In ALL cases it is being faithful as God is leading.

And, if we are faithful in “our sphere” as McConkey puts it, God will expand that sphere, for Jesus said, “thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things.”

Lord, help us to be faithful in OUR sphere!

Read James McConkey’s “Going In To God and Out To Men at path2prayer.com for yourself.

Growing Through Suffering

Friday, November 9th, 2007

“Though He was a son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” Hebrews 5:8

Spiritual growth and suffering go hand in hand. The Bible suggests it and has many stories that testify to that fact–David, Moses, Joseph, Daniel, etc.. Many modern writers, including Gregory Mantle, also believe that growth and suffering are linked.

What do you think? As you reflect on your seeking and praying for spiritual growth, and the ways God is answering your prayers, to what degree is He using suffering as a major tool to bring that desired change?

Mantle said the following in his book Better Things From Above:

This concentration of looks upon the greatest of that martyr-band (Jesus), who was also far more than a martyr, will promote endurance in conflict and patience under discipline. It will remind us how necessary suffering is. If He, the Captain, could not be perfected without it, much less we who belong to the rank and file. If suffering wrought such blessing in Him, what blessing will it not work in us, for whose sakes He was made perfect! Discipline, instead of being hurtful, has been consecrated as the minister of the divine purpose. It is now one of the teachers in God’s school. Instead of trembling at it, shrinking from it, or fainting under it, let us rather rejoice in it. When we pass through the doorway above which DISCIPLINE is written, let us give praise to God, for in that school we shall learn the most precious of lessons. “Let us rejoice in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, probation; and probation hope; and hope putteth not to shame; because the love of God hath been shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit which was given unto us” (Rom. 5:3-5 RV).

This is a subject that needs careful reflection, for many ideas abound and many of them seem off the mark in my opinion.

Mantle rightly points out that God allows suffering for our good. Accordingly, it would seem efforts to avoid suffering are also efforts to avoid growth. Would you agree?

Don’t answer until you have read his wonderful chapter “Better Discipline.”

Then read the other documents on dying to self and trials on path2prayer.com in the Practical Christianity section.

Let me know what you think!

Prayer Power AND Helplessness Go Together

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalms 73:26

Ever wondered why you lack power in prayer? Ever wondered why you feel so weak and helpless when prayer should be giving you strength? I am sure you have; we all have!

Is it when we are feeling strong that we should be feeling most capable of praying and attaining power with God? Or is it when we are feeling weak and helpless?

In 2 Corinthians 12:10 Paul said,

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Sounds like just the opposite of what many believe when it comes to Christian living, AND, I would suggest when it comes to prayer.

Hallesby made the following comment in his book on prayer:

Your helplessness is your best prayer. It calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas. He hears it from the very moment that you are seized with helplessness, and He becomes actively engaged at once in heart and answering the prayer of your helplessness…. Helplessness … is the decisive factor not only in our prayer life, but in our whole relationship to God. As long as we are conscious of our helplessness we will not be overtaken by any difficulty, disturbed by any distress or frightened by any hindrance. We will expect nothing of ourselves and therefore bring all our difficulties and hindrances to God in prayer. And this means to open the door unto Him and to give God the opportunity to help us in our helplessness by means of the miraculous powers which are at His disposal. Prayer, p. 17,26

I don’t know about you, but I find this very encouraging. It IS NOT when I feel so strong that I necessarily attain great power through prayer, but when I feel helpless.

I have great respect for James McConkey. He wrote at least seven books and many pamphlets, sent them out free of charge in return for donations, and was used of God in a wonderful way. You can find the Surrendered Life and the 3-Fold Secret of the Holy Spirit at path2prayer, along with other sermons.

He had started out in his career as a business man selling ice, but God eventually led him from his ice to work for himself (see a Business Owner’s Testimony). The pathway wasn’t easy, but it was God’s way, and eventually, surrendering his business up to God, God put him on a new pathway of marvelous service for God.

I must share with you, however, that at one point he went through a great illness, so much so, that his friends were certain he was going to die. He speaks about this in the Sure Shepherd pamphlet. But God led him through again, and made him a wonderful blessing.

Here is what McConkey says on this matter of helplessness in prayer

Prayer comes to its own; enters into its lawful heritage of mighty power only with men who have reached the end of themselves and are clinging to God. Power in prayer did not come to Jacob while he strove in his own strength, but when he clung in his own helplessness. “What poor humans are we, that God must needs let us be driven into the stress of necessity and helplessness because in no other way can he constrain us to betake ourselves to prayer to Him! Yet it is even so. Do we pray when the wind is a-beam, the skies fair, and our ship running free before the breeze? Nay, but when the mast is overboard, the rudder gone, and the ship in the trough-then we pray. Do we pray when our loved ones are in prosperity, health, and strength? Nay, but when the sober-faced physician shakes his head, and says he has done all he can, and death’s shadow settles down over the chamber of a precious one-then we pray. Strength is self-reliant and thinks it needs no God. But weakness is driven to God-reliance and there learns the secrets of the prayer life. Helplessness begets dependence-dependence leads to prayer; and prayer brings power. Out of our own insufficiency into God’s sufficiency, by the pathway of prayer, is the secret of power. Wherefore self-strength may be worse than weakness. For the weak man learns to cling and pray. But the strong one stays self-centered and misses God. James McConkey, Life Talks, p. 107,108

Unless your life is greatly different from mine, I suspect you often feel helpless too–helpless to change circumstances, helpless to overcome difficulties of various kinds, helpless to remedy relational situations, helpless to bring about change in the spiritual life. Where is God when He is needed so badly? Why won’t He respond right away? Doesn’t He understand?

Perhaps we need to take this matter of helplessness to heart and realize that it is through our very helplessness that God is working. Note the following from another one of my favorite authors:

No soul will be left to perish who asks in faith for the help of Christ. The weakest, the most struggling soul, may live, and find hope and sufficiency in God. When Jesus comes into the storm and the darkness, midnight is as bright as noonday. The faith that recognizes Christ leads the soul to rest implicitly upon the promises, because God is behind them. There is hope for the most desponding. Those who take Christ at his word, who surrender their souls to his keeping, their lives to his ordering, will find peace, quietude, and rest. He will impart grace to the needy soul. E. White, Signs of the Times, May 28, 1896

David never lost hope that God was his strength, regardless of the circumstances, in his day. I wonder if we see God as OUR strength, regardless of our circumstances, in our day! Can we also realize that our very helplessness is also our great aid in prayer? I hope so.

Learn more about how to trust God and pray at path2prayer.com.

On Knowing God’s Will

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

“If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God….” John 7:17

I frequently receive letters regarding how one can discover God’s will.

It is an important question, for the decisions made relative to careers and marriage partner greatly impact our ability to serve God. Frankly, the wrong decision, especially regarding a marriage partner, will bring disastrous results! I mention this because a recent letter mentioned that concerns recently referred to were “trivial” compared to what others face since it had to do with the future and direction on a marriage partner.

I praise God that this person is praying about these things, and wish all would do so seriously! These are serious things to want to know about, and it is well worth taking the time to pray about, on our own, and even with others.

Considering the relative importance of knowing God’s will, it is surprising that there seems to be limited teaching on the subject, and the outcome is that many a young person struggles with knowing what they should be doing in life or how to make godly decisions.

I have accordingly assembled various articles and resources to help.

Here are several paragraphs of Andrew Murray to encourage your interest in the subject:

(The) unreserved surrender to obey is the first condition of entering Christ’s school, and is the only fitness for receiving instruction as to the will of God for us.

There is a general will of God for all His children, which we can, in some measure, learn out of the Bible. But there is a special individual application of these commands-God’s will concerning each of us personally, which only the Holy Spirit can teach. And He will not teach it, except to those who have taken the vow of obedience.

This is the reason why there are so many unanswered prayers for God to make known His will. Jesus said, ‘If any man wills to do His Will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it be of God.’ If a man’s will is really set on doing God’s will, that is, if his heart is given up to do, and he as a consequence does it as far as he knows it, he shall know what God has further to teach him.

Murray puts his finger on the fundamental issue in our quest to know God’s will: Our willingness to obey! Of course he found this from Jesus in John 7. Many other greatly used Christians have discovered the same principle!

I wonder, are you so committed to obeying God’s directions that He can give you the information you are seeking? Am I? This requires dying to self–being willing to accept whatever God says.

For some trivial things we are more than happy to let God have the last word, but it is a bit more difficult when it comes to work, the location where we live and serve God, and of course the one we marry–we especially want to have the last word on the latter!

Could we trust God to the same extent Isaac trusted his father’s servant in finding Rebekah? Can God be trusted?

It is definitely worth studying more.

Here are some of the things I have made available on path2prayer.com in the Practical Christianity section, including “Selected Thoughts on Guidance,” which has Bible references and quotes from many authors, James McConkey’s The God Planned Life, Rosalind Goforth’s “Testimony,” Hannah Whitall Smith on “Difficulties in Guidance,” F B Meyer’s Secrets of Guidance, and more items that I have gleaned on the subject.

I also highly recommend “Quest For Love” by Elizabeth Elliot, her book on how great Christians found their mates.

Recommend other helpful books on the comment section!