July 22

 

O you who hear prayer,
to you shall all flesh come.   Psalm 65:2

 

It is the character of the Most High that He is a God who hears prayers.

He sometimes manifests His acceptance of prayers by special discoveries of His mercy and sufficiency which he makes in prayer, or immediately after.  He gives His people special communion with Him in prayer.  While they are praying, He comes to them and reveals Himself to them; gives them sweet views of His glorious grace, purity, sufficiency, and sovereignty, and enables them, with great quietness, to rest in Him, and leave themselves and prayers with Him, submit to his will and trust in His grace and faithfulness.

Such a manifestation God seems to have made of Himself in prayer to Hannah, which so quieted and composed her mind and took away her sadness.  We read in the first book of Samuel how earnest she was, how exercised in her mind, and that she was a woman of a sorrowful spirit.  But she came and poured out her soul before God, and spoke out of the abundance of her complaint and grief; then we read that she went away and ate, and her countenance was no more sad, which seems to have been from some refreshing discoveries which God had made of Himself to her, to enable her quietly to submit to His will and trust in His mercy, whereby God manifested His acceptance of her.

 

 

Devotions from the Pen of Jonathan Edwards

 

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.

 

 

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