I have a hard head, or I am Irish, or maybe just stubborn, or slow of learning. Yea, pretty much all of those. So learning from strong Christians who have gone before me can be a long, slow process. But I am attempting to learn.
Currently I have been studying Andrew Murray, D.L. Moody, and E.M. Bounds. Those men were truly giants in the faith. I doubt I retain and apply much of what I study, but I keep after it nonetheless.
Something that E.M. Bounds wrote stuck me today, so I am going to share it here.
"Prayer in the time of trouble tends to bring the spirit into perfect subjection to the will of God, to cause the will to be conformed to God's will, and saves from all murmurings over our lot, and delivers from everything like a rebellious heart...Prayer sanctifies trouble to our highest good."
Wow! That flies in the face of self-help books and DIY society, doesn't it? Sort of embracing the trouble and difficulty as a means to be conformed to God's will by praying over said trouble rather than bemoaning it? Again, wow. I read it, I grasp it, I pray I can live it out in the flesh.
I hope to share more from my studies of these 3 great men in my next several posts. If you have some bold, faith-challenging quotes you would like to share, leave a comment. I'd love to hear them!
Be blessed today as you focus on prayer in the midst of your trouble, and trust Him to conform you to His will as He give you His highest good.
Day 2 done :)
Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study