Compiled by Edwin and Lillian Harvey

 

To the Fountain


They have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water (Jer. 2:13).

I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely (Rev. 21:6).

    We have held more communion with man than with God! We have given a greater prominence to man's writings, man's opinions, man's systems in our studies—than to the Word of God (Isa. 8:20; 1 Thess. 2:13). We have drunk more out of human cisterns than divine.

    Hence the mould and fashion of our spirits, our lives, our words, have been derived more from man than from God. We must study the Bible more. We must steep our souls in it. We must not only lay it up within us, but transfuse it through the whole texture of the soul.

    We have not been men of prayer. The spirit of prayer has slumbered among us. The closet has been too little frequented and delighted in. We have allowed business, study, or active labor to interfere with our closet-hours. And the feverish atmosphere in which both the church and the nation are enveloped has found its way into our prayer closets, disturbing the sweet calm of its blessed solitude.

    Sleep, company, idle visiting, foolish talking and jesting, idle reading, unprofitable occupations (radio, television, etc.)* engross time that should be redeemed for prayer and soul winning.

    Prayerlessness is a sin that can be repented of and blood-cleansed— like other sins. Why is there so little anxiety to get time to pray? Why is there so little forethought in the laying out of time and employment—so as to secure a large portion of each day for prayer? Why is there so much speaking, yet so little prayer?

    Why is there so much running to and fro to meetings, conventions, fellowship gatherings, and yet so little time for prayer? 

Brethren, why so many meetings with our fellow men and so few meetings with God? —A. Bonar

    Sister Eva, Mother of the Friedenshort Sisterhood, who gave so freely of her life's strength to the strengthless, poor, and weak said: "The lack of quiet time of meditation and inward communion with God, drawing the Water of Life from the Fountainhead, is the chief cause of so much spiritual weakness and stunted growth. . . . What would our life be if we only understood how to use aright this privilege of Grace!"*

    And D. L. Moody, known to us all for his indefatigable efforts at soul-saving, said: "Next to the wonder of seeing my Savior will be, I think, the wonder that I made so little use of the power of prayer."

    Vital and uninterrupted contact with our Heavenly Father is the most wonderful thing in the world. —Lieut.-General William Dobbie

O Mighty God, Thy matchless power

Is ever new and ever young, 

And firm endures, while endless years,

Their everlasting circles run.

From Thee, the ever-flowing spring,

Our souls shall drink a fresh supply; 

While such as trust their native strength

Shall melt away, and droop, and die.

Isaac Watts

Blessed are they. . . that seek Him with the whole heart (Psa. 119:2).

For the pastors. .. have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered (Jer. 10:21).

* Since Andrew Bonar died in 1892, we assume the editors exercised some harmless, homiletic license here, to bring brother Bonar's excellent insights to a new generation -- justpray.org  

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Kneeling We Triumph is a storehouse of precious nuggets on the subject of prayer, compiled from the writings of godly men and women of the past. Consisting of sixty two-page readings, this book will stimulate you to the tremendous possibilities of prayer. Some chapter titles are "Waiting, a Proof of our Faith," "Hush My Heart to Listen," and "When Prayer is a Cry."

From the authors' Forward :

"Like many other Christian workers who have been anxious to be successful in labor for God, we have been forced to the conclusion that the Holy Spirit alone can effect lasting results. During these past years of heart-searching study, we have gathered together similar conclusions from many God-honored ministers and missionaries who have discovered the secret that the Holy Spirit comes to our aid when, wearied with self-effort, we ask, seek, and knock. We long very much to share with God's children some of these readings and to spread them as widely as possible."

 

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