If we had the blessings without asking for them, we should think them common things; but prayer makes the common pebbles of God’s temporal bounties more precious than diamonds; and spiritual prayer cuts the diamond, and makes it glisten more. When thou art wrestling, like Jacob with the angel, and art nearly thrown down, ask the Holy Spirit to nerve thine arm. Consider how the Holy Spirit is the chariot-wheel of prayer. Prayer may be the chariot, the desire may draw it forth, but the Spirit is the very wheel whereby it moveth.
|The Cross of Jesus Bridges the Great Divide
from the messages of Adrian Rogers (www.lwf.org)
Ephesians 2:16 – “And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.”
I ran across this poem tonight:
I love you not only for what you are,
but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself,
but for what you are making of me.
I love you for that part of me you bring out.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I doubt seriously the author was thinking of Jesus when she penned it but it made me think of Him, with a few modifications.
He loves us in spite of who we are and what we’ve done. We love Him for what He is doing in and through us. And we love Him most for what He did for us.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.