Items For Prayer And Praise

By Lois J. Stucky

    “Give account of yourself.” These are words which we might one day hear calling us to account before the great God of Eternity! The Bible says: “Every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12). What a sobering thought! Will we tremble and be ashamed, or will our humble account draw forth our Lord’s, “Well done!”

    Probably like myself, you were expected to give account to your mother if you did not arrive home from school at the appointed time. Were you helping the teacher or were you held in for some misdemeanor? Or did you go home with some friend to play? We were careful to give good account to our parents. How much more should we be prepared to give good account to God?

    Again the Bible says: “The Kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants” (Matt. 21:34).

    God expects to get His “money’s worth” out of His servants. Of course, we know that the best of Christians is still an unprofitable servant (Luke 17:10). We have not the slightest hope of proving worthy of the so-great salvation that has been given to us and of the grace that has been bestowed on us. God does not expect that. But He does have expectations of us.

    One area in which many of us fall short of God’s expectations is in prayer. Prayer was meant to be an important part of the Christian’s life. Think how often Christ was in prayer.

    God invites and He commands us to pray. He has made provision for us to come “boldly” to Him in prayer (Heb. 4:16). He has told us we have confident access to Him in prayer (Eph. 3:12). He has assured us He will answer. He confirms that nothing is too hard for Him. He has conditioned the happening of many things on prayer. All of this helps us to realize in a measure the importance of prayer. Why, then, do we not give ourselves more zealously to it?

    The flesh is weak. Prayer, real prayer, is work. God must grieve greatly that we are so slow to lay hold of the riches He wants to give through prayer.

    Those of us who are serious about improving our prayer life will benefit from the article on intercession by Gordon Cove. The thoughts in this issue about the judgments of God in the earth should also constrain us to prayer. Some hearts will harden in times of judgment. Some will open to God. Prayer can make a difference.