Sunday, April 11, 2010

April 10

1 John 2:15-18
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

Ruth Paxson (1875-1949) wrote: "Friends, it seems to me that I can see two hands outstretched to grip the throat of Christians and to strangle prayer. One is the hot, feverish, restless hand of worldliness; the other the cold, nervous hand of ceaseless activity. Has either gripped your throat and all but stopped your prayer?"

We can be one with Christ or one with the world, but we cannot be one with both. If the love of the world is clutching at your throat, it will surely strangle your prayer life.

Ceaseless activity, even good activity in the name of Christ, will also thwart your prayerfulness. Better to step aside from worldliness and busyness and retain our prayer life than to lose the latter and be devoid of the Spirit.

Watch today for those two outstretched hands that are reaching for your throat. Refuse their pull and stay close to God.

Andrew Murray said "God cannot hear the prayers on our lips often because the desires of our heart after the world cry out to Him much more strongly and loudly than our desires for Him."

What is it going to be? Start a life of prayer now!