Notes on Continuance in Prayer

Well-Trodden“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.” James 5:13

Another book I’ve started reading for school is “George Muller of Bristol” by Pierson. Here’s a short segment that is very insightful.

“One is constantly reminded in reading Mr. Muller’s journal that he was a man of like frailties as others. On Christmas morning of this year, after a season of peculiar joy, he  awoke to find himself in the Slough of Despond, without any sense of enjoyment, prayer seeming as fruitless as the vain struggles of a man in the mire. At the usual morning meeting he was urged by a brother to continue in prayer, notwithstanding, until he was again melted before the Lord — a wise counsel for all disciples when the Lord’s presence seems strangely withdrawn. Steadfast continuance in prayer must never be  hindered by the want of sensible enjoyment; in fact, it is a safe maxim that the less joy, the more need. Cessation of communion with God, for whatever cause, only makes the more difficult its resumption and the recovery of the prayer habit and prayer spirit; whereas the persistent outpouring of supplication, together with continued activity in the service of God, soon brings back the lost joy. Whenever, therefore, one yield to spiritual depression so as to abandon, or even to suspend, closet communion or Christian work, the devil triumphs.

A Letter to the Mourning

FlowerHaving almost finished “The Life of Adoniram Judson” by Edward Judson, I have been greatly impressed with this missionary’s constant placement of God as number one in his life, which enabled him to go through suffering with great perseverance. He lost his first wife and many of his children to tropical sicknesses. This letter was written to Mrs. Boardman, the wife of a deceased missionary to whom he would be married several years later. It is an outstanding example of humbly taking comfort in the Saviour, while acknowledging the sorrow of missing a saved loved one until meeting them again in the celestial world. I would highly recommend others read the book, as the life of Adoniram is a tremendous example of longsuffernig and resting in Jesus’ will.

To Mrs. Boardman.

“Ragoon, March 4, 1831.

My Dear Sister: You are now drinking the bitter cup whose dregs I am somewhat acquainted with. And though, for some time, you have been aware of its approach, I venture to say that it is far bitterer than you expected. It is common for persons in your situation to refuse all consolation, to cling to the dead, and to fear that they shall too soon forget the dear object of their affections. But don’t be concerned. I can assure you that months and months of heart-rending anguish are before you, whether you will or not. I can only advise you to take the cup with both hands, and sit down quietly to the bitter repast which God has appointed for your sanctification. As to your beloved, you know that all his tears are wiped away, and that the diadem which encircles his brow outshines the sun. Little Sarah and the other have again found their father, not the frail, sinful mortal that they left on earth, but an immortal saint, a magnificent, majestic king. What more can you desire for them? while, therefore, your tears flow, let a due proportion be tears of joy. Yet take the bitter cup with both hands, and sit down to your repast. You will soon learn a secret, that there is sweetness at the bottom. You will find it the sweetest cup that you ever tasted in all your life. You will find heaven coming near to you, and familiarity with your husband’s voice will be a connecting link, drawing you almost within the sphere of celestial music.

I think, from what I know of your mind, that you will not desert the post, but remain to carry on the work which he gloriously began. The Karens of Tavoy regard you as their spiritual mother; and the dying prayers of your beloved are waiting to be answered in blessings on your instructions.

As to little Georgie, who has now to earthly father to care for him, you can not, of course, part with him  at present. But if you should wish to send him home, I pledge myself to use what little influence I have in procuring for him all those advantages of education which your fondest wishes can desire. Or if you should be prematurely taken away, and should condescend, on your dying bed. to commit him to me, by the briefest line or verbal message, I hereby pledge my fidelity to receive and treat him as my own son, to send him home in the best time and way, to provide for his education, and to watch over him as long as I live. More than this I can not do, and less would be unworthy of the merits of his parents.

 

 

 

Matthew’s Birthday

Matthew continues to have birthdays, so we continue to celebrate them… 🙂 We played about 4 games of dutch blitz, before we all decided it was time for bed. I’m so thankful for Matthew’s Godly influence in my life – not everyone has a brother they can look to for an example.

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