April 21

 

When the poor and needy seek water,
and there is none,
and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the LORD will answer them;
I the God of Israel will not forsake them.

 I will open rivers on the bare heights,
and fountains in the midst of the valleys.
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water.   Isaiah 41:17-18

 

The Scriptures do not only abundantly manifest it to be the duty of God’s people to be much in prayer, but they also abound with manifold considerations to encourage them at it, and animate them with hopes and success.  There is perhaps no one thing that so much of the Bible is taken up in the promises of – in order to encourage the faith, hope, and prayers of the saints – as this.  This at once affords God’s people the clearest evidences that it is their duty to be much in prayer, and also affords them the strongest assurances that their prayers shall be successful.

With what confidence may we go before God and pray for that of which we have so many exceeding precious and glorious promises to plead!

The Scripture gives us great reason to think that once there comes to appear much of a spirit of prayer in the church of God for this mercy, then it will soon be accomplished.  It is evident that God makes that promise (see the text).  Spiritual waters and rivers are explained by the Apostle John to be the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39).  It is now a time of scarcity of these spiritual waters; there are as it were none.  If God’s people, in this time of great drought, were but made duly sensible of this calamity, and their own emptiness and necessity, and brought earnestly to thirst and cry for needed supplies, God would undoubtedly soon fulfill this blessed promise.

 

 

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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