Will he take delight in the Almighty?
Will he call upon God at all times? Job 27:10
The neglect of the duty of prayer seems to be inconsistent with supreme love to God, and is against the will of God so plainly revealed. Living in such a neglect is inconsistent with leading a holy life.
How is a life, in a great measure prayerless, consistent with a holy life? To lead a holy life to lead a life devoted to God, a life of worshipping and serving God, a life consecrated to the service of God. But how does he lead such a life who does not so much as maintain the duty of prayer? How can such a man be said to walk by the Spirit, and to be a servant of the Most High God?
A holy life is a life of faith. The life that true Christians live in the world, they live by the faith of the Son of God. But who can believe that that man lives by faith who lives without prayer, which is the natural expression of faith? Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life; and to say that a man lives a life of faith and lives a prayerless life is every whit as inconsistent and incredible as to say that a man lives without breathing. A prayerless life is so far from being a holy life that it is a profane life. He who lives so lives like a heathen who does not call on God’s name. He who lives a prayerless life lives without God in the world.
Jonathan Edwards, who is considered the finest theologian America has ever produced, was known for his logical mind and warm devotion to the Lord. His exposition of Scripture remains a source of powerful edification for the church. Here are 120 excerpts from this great preacher of the word presented in a daily devotional format. Edwards certainly was an amazing philosopher and a great theologian, but his insights into God’s Word are also down to earth, practical, and devotional. Each devotion is based on a Scripture verse and Edwards is always careful to draw your attention to the text to be fed by God’s Word, not by man’s thoughts and imaginations.
It is a good resource for personal devotions or as an introduction to the thought of Edwards. You will find comfort for the soul, encouragement and exhortations for the heart, and practical instructions for the mind.