Last Updated on : November 23, 2014

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A Selection of Meditations Designed for Sisters

Chapter 2:
Effectual Prayer


NO man will reach the kingdom without prayer, and prayer to be effectual must proceed from lips which are sincere and upright (Psa. 145:18). God will not hear those who keep not His commandments (Prov. 15:29; Psa. 66:18). The prayers of the disobedient are worse than useless, they are an abomination in God's ears (Prov. 28:9). Let us then examine ourselves, and pray simply, fervently unceasingly. Let us pay no heed to the objections of men who tell us that prayer is beneath the notice of a Great Creator, that it is superfluous, and, if answered, would mean a violation of Nature's laws. Till the Bible is demolished we can afford to leave such objections severely alone. The Bible is full of encouragement in the matter of prayer. Hannah prayed for a child, and got one (2 Sam. 1:11,20); Abraham's servant prayed for a good wife for Isaac, and met with a favourable response (Gen. 24). Much that is beyond the power of finite man to see and grasp has to be taken into account before his prayer can be answered. We sometimes forget this when things do not go just as we would wish. Let us remember, too, that this is a day for walking by faith, and that all prayer is answered in harmony with this divine arrangement. - A. T.J


Prayer ought to consist chiefly of three things: The expression of our sincere adoration of God's greatness and excellence; the giving of thanks for His goodness, as multitudinously manifested, both to the race and ourselves individually; and supplication for the various things we need, among which stands, first, the consummation of Yahweh's purpose in the rebuilding of the tabernacle of David, and all that that involves