Prayer: Helpful Hint #1

Sep 30, 2019

For the next two weeks our spiritual discipline theme is prayer. I thought we could start with a challenging and thoughtful insight from Charles Spurgeon. It is based on Job’s statement in Job 23:3-4:

“Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.”

Job 23:3-4

“In Job’s uttermost extremity he cried after the Lord. The longing desire of an afflicted child of God is once more to see his Father’s face. His first prayer is not, “Oh that I might be healed of the disease which now festers in every part of my body!” nor even, “Oh that I might see my children restored from the jaws of the grave, and my property once more brought from the hand of the spoiler!” but the first and uppermost cry is, “Oh that I knew where I might find HIM— who is my God! that I might come even to his seat!” God’s children run home when the storm comes on. It is the heavenborn instinct of a gracious soul to seek shelter from all ills beneath the wings of Jehovah. “He that hath made his refuge God,” might serve as the title of a true believer. A hypocrite, when he feels that he has been afflicted by God, resents the infliction, and, like a slave, would run from the master who has scourged him; but not so the true heir of heaven, he kisses the hand which smote him, and seeks shelter from the rod in the bosom of that very God who frowned upon him. You will observe that the desire to commune with God is intensified by the failure of all other sources of consolation.”

[Charles H. Spurgeon, “Effective Prayer”]