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荒漠甘泉 3/24

禱告要明確

「雅各說,耶和華,我祖亞伯拉罕的上帝,我父親以撒的上帝阿!祢曾對我說,回你本地本族去,我要厚待你。…求祢救我。」(創卅二9,11)

        在這個禱告中有好幾點可以作我們的幫助,使我們在憂傷的火窯中知道如何向上帝傾心吐意。
        雅各就把上帝的應許拿出來提醒上帝:「您…曾說。」他這樣說了兩次(創卅二9,12)。啊,他抓住了上帝!原來上帝的應許就是上帝給我們的把柄,我們能藉著這個去抓住祂;甚麼時候我們能對祂說:「您曾說」,祂絕不能說不。祂必須照祂所說的去作。希律王尚且能守信,何況我們的上帝呢?所以我們禱告的時候,應當把我們的腳站穩在祂的應許上;這樣,天上的門也只得為你敞開了,那時你可以用武力去取你所求的。──譯自實用禱告生活(Practical Portions for the Prayer-life)
        主耶穌要我們有專一的禱告。每一個因痛苦試煉而來就祂的人,祂都問他們說:「要我為你作甚麼?」(可十11)如果你盼望有清楚的答應,就得有清楚的禱告。沒有目的的禱告,是沒有答應的。所以你的禱告應當專一。在你禱告的支票上寫明指定的數目,天上的銀行看見了耶穌的名字,就要付你指定的現款。──選
        海弗格爾(Havergal)女士說:「每年,每天,我活著眞看見基督人所有的安息、喜樂、能力,都因著一件事情:就是以上帝的話為算數──相信祂怎樣說,就必怎樣作。我們該照祂所用的字眼去接受,切勿更改或變換祂所用的語氣和時候。」
        只要把基督的話語──基督的應許和基督寶血拿出來,天上的祝福就沒有一樣能不給你的了。──葛拉克(Adam Clarke)


My Utmost for His Highest (3/24)

Decreasing for His Purpose
He must increase, but I must decrease (John 3:30)

If you become a necessity to someone else?s life, you are out of God?s will. As a servant, your primary responsibility is to be a "friend of the bridegroom" (John 3:29 ). When you see a person who is close to grasping the claims of Jesus Christ, you know that your influence has been used in the right direction. And when you begin to see that person in the middle of a difficult and painful struggle, don?t try to prevent it, but pray that his difficulty will grow even ten times stronger, until no power on earth or in hell could hold him away from Jesus Christ. Over and over again, we try to be amateur providences in someone?s life. We are indeed amateurs, coming in and actually preventing God?s will and saying, "This person should not have to experience this difficulty." Instead of being friends of the Bridegroom, our sympathy gets in the way. One day that person will say to us, "You are a thief; you stole my desire to follow Jesus, and because of you I lost sight of Him."

Beware of rejoicing with someone over the wrong thing, but always look to rejoice over the right thing. ". . . the friend of the bridegroom . . . rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom?s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:29-30 ). This was spoken with joy, not with sadness-at last they were to see the Bridegroom! And John said this was his joy. It represents a stepping aside, an absolute removal of the servant, never to be thought of again.

Listen intently with your entire being until you hear the Bridegroom?s voice in the life of another person. And never give any thought to what devastation, difficulties, or sickness it will bring. Just rejoice with godly excitement that His voice has been heard. You may often have to watch Jesus Christ wreck a life before He saves it (see?Matthew 10:34 ).

 
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