Items For Prayer And Praise
By Lois J. Stucky
As we send this issue of Herald of His Coming, it is with the prayer that all of us will take time with the article on the preceding pages, “Lord, I Agree,” and that from the heart we will willingly agree. This is a carefully thought out and unsparing search of our hearts and lives. If we call Christ “Lord,” our only response can be, “I agree!” We are grateful to Richard Owen Roberts for granting us permission to share this article with Herald readers. It presents things so needful if we are to be the Church God is after, holy and without blemish, a saving force in the world, and ready for the coming of our Lord.
Some of us may need to take more time with the article than others. It may not be difficult to spot some things we have already been uneasy about in our lives. Then there is the struggle to face up to them as sin and to be willing to change. The selfish human heart hangs on tenaciously to some sinful attitudes and actions. We have become enslaved to them. Satan himself seems to have taken a grasp on the matter. Only God can get us free, and He can do it only as we yield and seek Him for it.
I know whereof I speak, for I know what it is to have a “controversy” with God, an inner “pout” against the will of God in a matter. At the time we do not appreciate that there is no bending of God to our way. We may struggle long, but in the end, it is we who must yield and repent. God is very gracious. He is willing to wait and to work even years if necessary, grieved as He is at our sinfulness. Then when in heartfelt, humble repentance we bow before Him and make our will wholly His and His will wholly ours, He receives us in warm embrace. We experience that truly His loving favor far surpasses the sin or the selfish attitude to which we clung so foolishly and wickedly.
If your heart has lost its love song to Jesus, look for the reason on these pages. Might God grant the grace needed to bring us to agreement with Him in every way. His ways are higher than ours. We do not always understand them. But they are always right.
Might God help us to hurry to a place of repentance, if that is necessary. We are late in the day. There is a verse that says, “He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Prov. 29:1). The longer we parley with sin, the deeper does the devil enmesh, the stronger becomes his hold.
In these days, let us take heed to Paul’s words: “…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Eph. 6:8). We are all part of the Body of Christ. The spiritual condition of each of us affects the whole Body.
Please pray for us at Herald of His Coming. We pray for you. Let us pray that each of us stays near enough to Gethsemane to imbibe the spirit of our Saviour’s cry, “Not My will, but Thine be done.” Pray that each of us will draw close enough to Calvary to sense the throb of God’s bleeding heart for a perishing world. Pray we will ever abide within sight of the empty tomb with its victorious testimony of resurrection over all death and darkness. And pray that we will follow on as a devoted disciple to hear our Lord’s words to “Go!” with the Gospel, and to catch the angels’ promise that He will come again.
We will live in awful and awesome days, days that demand the best living we can give to God. He is worthy! In the light of Christ’s soon coming, “What manner of persons ought [we] to be in all holy conversation and godliness” (2 Pet. 3:11). “Be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Pet. 4:14).