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 work upon your knees - Thomas Watson

Excerpt from [url=]The One Thing Necessary [/url]

work upon your knees; be much in prayer. Beg the Spirit of God to help you in the work; make that prayer, "Awake O north wind; and come, you south; blow upon my garden" (Song 4:16). We have need that this Spirit blow upon us, there being so many contrary winds blowing against us, and considering how soon holy affections are apt to wither. The garden has not more need of wind to make its fruit flow out, than we of the Spirit to make our graces flourish. Philip joined himself to the Eunuch's chariot (Acts 8:29). God's Spirit must join itself to our chariot; as the mariner has his hand to the helm, so he has his eye to the star. While we are working, we must look up to the Spirit. What is our preparation without the Spirit's operation? What is all our rowing without a gale from heaven? "The Spirit lifted me up" (Ezek. 3:14). God's Spirit must both infuse grace and excite it. We read of a "wheel in the middle of a wheel" (Ezek. 1: 16). The Spirit of God is that inner wheel that must move the wheel of our endeavors. To conclude all, pray to God to bless you in your work. "The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong" (Eccl. 9: 11), nothing prospers without a blessing; and what way to obtain it but by prayer? It is a saying of one of the ancients, The saints carry the keys of heaven at their girdle. Prayer beats the weapon out of the enemy's hand, and gets the blessing out of God's hand.


 2007/8/11 8:17Profile

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 Re: work upon your knees - Thomas Watson

Quote: 'there being so many contrary winds blowing against us, ...

How true. Prayer is work, hard work, and who likes to work?

If we could, we would all rather have something for nothing, rather than have to work for it.

But with God, there are no short cuts. It's either His way or none at all.

Prayer is the work. Let's get to prayer for God's glory and honour.

Good article.

God bless.

 2007/8/11 8:29Profile

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