Tag: Prayer

The joy of seeking God’s face

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple” (Psalm 27:4).

David is testifying, “I have one prayer, Lord, one request. It is my single most important goal in life; it consumes me and I will seek after it with all that is in me.” Make no mistake, David was no ascetic, shunning the outside world and hiding away in a lonely desert place. No, David was a passionate man of action, a great warrior, with huge throngs singing of his victories in battle. He was also passionate in his prayer and devotion, with a heart that yearned after God. The Lord had blessed David with many of the desires of his heart and he had tasted of everything a man could want in life: riches, power and authority, respect and adulation. On top of all this, he was surrounded by devoted men who were willing to die for him.

Most of all, David was a worshiper, a praising man who gave thanks to God for all his blessings. When David prayed that he might dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life, he was not talking about leaving his throne to move into the physical temple of God. No, his heart yearned for something he saw in the spirit. He said, in short, “There is a beauty, a glory, an excitement about the Lord I haven’t yet seen in my life. I want to know what it is like to have uninterrupted communion with my God. I want my life to be a living prayer.

When David inquired of the Lord and prayed, “Have mercy also upon me, and answer me” (Psalm 27:7), God answered with these simple words, “Seek my face” (27:8). That is the key! As you seek God’s face, he will bring you into continual, uninterrupted communion with the Christ of glory.

by David Wilkerson

Sharp-edged tools!

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“I will take heed to my ways.” Psalm 39:1

Fellow-pilgrim, do not say in your heart, “I will go here and there, and I shall not sin;” for you are never so out of danger of sinning, as to boast of security.

The road is very miry, it will be hard to pick your path so as not to soil your garments. This is a world of pitch, and you will need to watch often, if in handling it you are to keep your hands clean.

There is a robber at every turn of the road to rob you of your graces! There is a temptation in every mercy! There is a snare in every joy! And if you ever reach Heaven at last–it will be a miracle of divine grace, to be ascribed entirely to your Father’s preserving power.

Be on your guard! When a man carries gun-powder in his hand, he should be careful that he does not go near a candle; and you too must take care that you do not go near temptation.

Even your common actions are sharp-edged tools–you must mind how you handle them. There is nothing in this world to foster a Christian’s piety–but everything to destroy it. How anxious should you be to look up to God–that He may keep you! Your prayer should be, “Hold me up–and I shall be safe!” Having prayed, you must also watch–guarding every thought, word, and action with holy jealousy.

Do not unnecessarily expose yourselves to temptation. But if called to exposure, if you are bidden to go where the enemy’s darts are flying–then never venture forth without your shield of faith. For if once the devil finds you without it–he will rejoice that his hour of triumph has come, and will soon make you fall down wounded by his arrows! Though you cannot be utterly slain–you may be wounded.

Be sober, be vigilant–danger may be in an hour when all seems securest to you. Therefore, take heed to your ways, and watch unto prayer. No man ever fell into sin through being too watchful. May the Holy Spirit guide you in all your ways–so that you shall always please the Lord.

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation!” Matthew 26:41

by Charles Spurgeon