Tonight, our church will gather at my house to recognize the open door between God and His children. We gather weekly to obey the Lord as He said, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me” (Psalm 50:15). Octavius Winslow comments about the beauty of prayer from the words of a newly converted heathen, who said, “I open my bible and God talks to me; I close my bible and then I walk with God” (p90).
He marks the centrality of prayer when he wrote, “As prayer is the first evidence of spiritual life in the soul, and its growth in spirituality and vigor marks the healthy and advancing state of that life, so the declension of prayer in its spirit, exercise, and enjoyment is strongly indicative of the decay of real grace in the child or God” (p90).
Let’s take our pulse today so that it is back-strong in the evening for, as Winslow has observed, “a prayer is the spiritual pulse of the renewed soul; its beat indicates the healthy or unhealthy state of the believer. Just as the physician would decide upon the health of the body from the action or the pulse, so would we decide upon the spiritual health of the soul before God, by the estimation in which prayer is held by the believer” (p94).
Octavius Winslow quotes from his book, Personal Declension and Revival of Religion in the Soul, Banner of Truth Trust.
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