Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Prayer for a Worthy Walk, IX of ?

Prayer For A Worthy Walk

Colossians 1:9-10

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”

What Fellowship with God Consists Of

Many today have a most inadequate and defective idea of what fellowship with god consists of. They regard it as a special luxury which is only enjoyed occasionally, whereas it should be experienced regularly. They imagine it is known only when their souls are ecstatically elevated by some uncommonly powerful sermon, during some season of unusual liberty in prayer, or when meditating on some precious portion of the Word. But that is more a time when the saint is aware of the Lord’s having drawn near to and lifted up the light of His countenance upon him, favouring him with a special love token.

But we now have something else in mind. Intimate fellowship with God can be enjoyed not only by one in the cloister but by the housewife while engaged in her domestic tasks and by her husband as he works for his daily bread. God graciously communes with each of His people while they are about their secular duties as they are discharged in obedience to Him.

Only One Way for a Closer Walk with God

What we particularly have in mind are these words: ‘He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths’ (Isa. 2:3). God holds communion with us only in His ways, ‘the paths of righteousness.’ We cannot walk with God in a way of self-will and self-pleasing, nor in the broad road trodden by the world. Every step we take in the right way - the way of God’s revealed will - must be one of obedience. But the moment we forsake the path of duty and wander into what Bunyan styles ‘By-path meadow’, we turn away from God, and leave the only place where fellowship with Him may be had.

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