Prayer Brings Increased Spiritual Strength

Those who seek God in secret telling the Lord their needs and pleading for help, will not plead in vain. “Thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly.” As we make Christ our daily companion we shall feel that the powers of an unseen world are all around us; and by looking unto Jesus we shall become assimilated to His image. By beholding we become changed. The character is softened, refined, and ennobled for the heavenly kingdom. The sure result of our intercourse and fellowship with our Lord will be to increase piety, purity, and fervor. There will be a growing intelligence in prayer. We are receiving a divine education, and this is illustrated in a life of diligence and zeal.

The soul that turns to God for its help, its support, its power, by daily, earnest prayer, will have noble aspirations, clear perceptions of truth and duty, lofty purposes of action, and a continual hungering and thirsting after righteousness. By maintaining a connection with God, we shall be enabled to diffuse to others, through our association with them, the light, the peace, the serenity, that rule in our hearts. The strength acquired in prayer to God, united with persevering effort in training the mind in thoughtfulness and care-taking, prepares one for daily duties and keeps the spirit in peace under all circumstances.

From “Thoughts From The Mount Of Blessing”, by Ellen White, pg. 85

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Friends In The Coop

Barbara Johnson was a Lightbearer who went through a lot of problems and trials. The Good King was very close to her and showed her how she could still be joyful and trusting when life threw its punches at her. Here’s an experience she shared from her book “Laughter From Heaven” when she was suffering from health problems:

Consider what happened during one of my stays in the hospital: I was in my room, talking on the phone with someone, when a ruckus of muffled giggling and cackling came from the hall. The sound grew louder and suddenly in my doorway stood three…well, I wasn’t sure what they were, but they sounded familiar…

“I’ve gotta go,” I told the caller. “There are three people wearing chicken costumes here.”

The chickens looked at me, and I looked at the chickens–and we all burst out laughing. It was three of my friends, of course, who had conspired to bring me a gift that was far better than the traditional hospital visitors’ tokens of flowers, cards, or candy. They brought me the gift of laughter!

What a happy sound that was bouncing off the walls of that otherwise dismal hospital room. Then they serenaded me with a special rendition of “I’ll Fly This Coop” (to the tune of “I’ll Fly Away”).

Can you see why I think of my friends as eccentric angels? No matter what crisis I’m enduring at the moment, they help me keep a joyful, heavenly perspective so I can laugh at my current problems, knowing a glorious, pain-free, laughter-filled life awaits me in eternity.

From pg. 40.

God has given us people to support us during our hard times. We may have moments when we feel that no one cares about us and that we are alone. But it is during those moments that God gives us the friends or family we need. And He will also give us Himself. He is the Best Friend you can depend on for help and support!

 

 

 

Faith’s Checkbook: Guardian Of The Fatherless

March 6

Guardian of the Fatherless
“In Thee the fatherless findeth mercy”   (Hosea 14:3).

This is an excellent reason for casting away all other confidences and relying upon the LORD alone. When a child is left without its natural protector, our God steps in and becomes his guardian: so also when a man has lost every object of dependence, he may cast himself upon the living God and find in Him all that he needs. Orphans are cast upon the fatherhood of God, and He provides for them. The writer of these pages knows what it is to hang on the bare arm of God, and he bears his willing witness that no trust is so well warranted by facts, or so sure to be rewarded by results, as trust in the invisible but ever-living God.

Some children who have fathers are not much the better off because of them, but the fatherless with God are rich. Better have God and no other friend than all the patrons on the earth and no God. To be bereaved of the creature is painful, but so long as the LORD remains the fountain of mercy to us, we are not truly orphaned. Let fatherless children plead the gracious word for this morning, and let all who have been bereaved of visible support do the same, LORD, let me find mercy in Thee! The more needy and helpless I am, the more confidently do I appeal to Thy loving heart.

Our Father Cares: No Generation Gap 07/13

And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. 1 Samuel 3:1.

Young as he was when brought to minister in the tabernacle, Samuel had even then duties to perform in the service of God, according to his capacity. These were at first very humble, and not always pleasant; but they were performed to the best of his ability, and with a willing heart….

If children were taught to regard the humble round of everyday duties as the course marked out for them by the Lord, as a school in which they were to be trained to render faithful and efficient service, how much more pleasant and honorable would their work appear. To perform every duty as unto the Lord, throws a charm around the humblest employment and links the workers on earth with the holy beings who do God’s will in heaven.

The life of Samuel from early childhood had been a life of piety and devotion. He had been placed under the care of Eli in his youth, and the loveliness of his character drew forth the warm affection of the aged priest. He was kind, generous, diligent, obedient, and respectful. The contrast between the course of the youth Samuel and that of the priest’s own sons was very marked, and Eli found rest and comfort and blessing in the presence of his charge. It was a singular thing that between Eli, the chief magistrate of the nation, and the simple child so warm a friendship should exist. Samuel was helpful and affectionate, and no father ever loved his child more tenderly than did Eli this youth. As the infirmities of age came upon Eli, he felt more keenly the disheartening, reckless, profligate course of his own sons, and he turned to Samuel for comfort and support.

How touching to see youth and old age relying one upon the other, the youth looking up to the aged for counsel and wisdom, the aged looking to the youth for help and sympathy. This is as it should be. God would have the young possess such qualifications of character that they shall find delight in the friendship of the old, that they may be united in the endearing bonds of affection to those who are approaching the borders of the grave.

“Our Father Cares”, by Ellen White, pgs. 180-181