Saturday, April 21, 2007

As stars shine...

"Prayer comes spontaneously from those who abide in Jesus. Prayer is the natural outgushing of a soul in communion with Jesus. As the leaf and fruit come out of the vine branch without any conscious effort and simply because of its living union with the stem, so prayer buds and blossoms and fruits out of souls abiding in Jesus. As stars shine, so do abiders pray. They do not say to themselves, "it is time for us to get to our task and pray." No, they pray as wise men eat - namely, when the desire for it is upon them. They do not cry out as under bondage, "At this time I ought to be in prayer, but I do not feel like it. What a weariness it is!" They have a glad errand at the mercy seat and rejoice to go there. Hearts abiding in Christ send forth supplications as fires send out flames and sparks. Souls abiding in Jesus open the day with prayer; prayer surrounds them as an atmosphere all day long; at night they fall asleep praying. They are able to joyfully say, 'When I awake, I am still with Thee' (Psalm 139:18)." ~Charles Spurgeon

1 comment:

Katherine Hall said...

Spurgeon was a gifted writer. Beautiful words regarding prayer.

Love you!