“Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; tell Him your joys, that He may sober them; tell Him your longings, that He may purify them; tell Him your dislikes, that He may help you to conquer them; talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your heart, that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your instability. Tell Him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself as to others. “If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say. You will never exhaust th e subject. It is continually being renewed. People who have no secrets from each other never want for subjects of conversation. They do not weigh their words, for there is nothing to be held back; neither do they seek for something to say. T hey talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration, just what they think. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved intercourse with God.”
“I carry this in the back of my Bible, everywhere I go, and every now and then I get it out and read it. This was written by Fenelon, a great saint and mystic of the Middle Ages.”
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
Lord, I am satisfied tonight to be
A mother, in a world gone mad with hate;
Here in this hour of earth’s agony,
I do not ask that I might do some great
Magnificent achievement, bringing fame;
I do not covet larger fields to roam;
I only want to keep alight the flame
Of God’s love, shining from a Christian home.
I thank Thee for the children, if the way
Should lead to heartbreak grant me courage, Lord.
I will remember that there was a day
Thy mother’s heart was pierced, too, by the sword;
Thy grace will be sufficient now — as then.
I am glad to be a mother, Lord — Amen.
I am thinking about praying “in the Spirit” and how to
make sure that’s how prayer is done?
If we are abiding in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are filled with
the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit fills us with Christ
and His likeness…the fruit of the Spirit. This is as we think
on the Lord through the Word of God. If temptation comes
to entice us from this position, and we follow that temptation
and then sin, we grieve the Holy Spirit in our life. We feel this
loss of fellowship with God and lose our peace etc.
Our prayers are effective when we are abiding, focusing on the
Lord and not on self. It is resting and depending on Him
in everything. We need to drink from Him through His word
to be strengthened to keep resting. Our thinking is renewed
by this and we more and more have the Lord’s view on things
and consequently will pray from His will and not ours. This
is a growth process that is day by day, moment by moment.