Monday, August 31, 2009

Prayer for a Worthy Walk, XX 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;"

The Cultivation of Faith

If we are to ‘walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing’, we must be most attentive to the cultivation of faith, for ‘without faith it is impossible to please him’ (Heb. 11:6). The more fully and constantly we trust Him, the more we walk by faith, the more will the Lord delight in us. God is pleased when we cling to Him in the darkness, look to Him for the fulfilling of His promises, count upon His loving kindness. But He is displeased when we doubt His Word or suspect His love. Faith in God, in His precepts, in His promises, is the grand and distinguishing principle which is to actuate all our conduct.

‘By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually . . . giving thanks to his name. but to do good and communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased’ (Heb. 13:115-16). Then let us not be backward in offering them. God loves to hear the songs of His children. The ‘sweet psalmist of Israel’ is how He designated David (2 Sam. 23:1). ‘Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me’ (Psa. 50:23). Praise is an exalting of God’s name, a proclaiming of His excellence, a publishing of His renown, an adoring of His goodness, a breaking open of the box of our ointment; therefore it is a ‘sweet savour’ to Him, ‘. . . magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the Lord better than an ox’ (Psa. 69:30-31). How comforting that was for the one who was unable to bring Him a costly offering! Let us be frequently engaged in this delightful exercise of praise, and act like spiritual larks.

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