Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you. - John Owen

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Knowing You

All I once held dear built my life upon
All this world reveres, and wars to own
All I once thought gain I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now, compared to this

Knowing You, Jesus knowing You
There is no greater thing
You're my all You're the best
You're my joy, my righteousness
And I love you ,Lord

Now my heart's desire is to know You more
To be found in You, and known as Yours
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All surpassing gift of righteousness


Oh to know the power of Your risen life
And to know You in Your suffering
To become like You in Your death my Lord
So with You to live and never die


Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Duty of Prayer

The neglect of the duty of prayer seems to be inconsistent with supreme love to God, and is against the will of God so plainly revealed.  Living in such a neglect is inconsistent with leading a holy life.

How is a life, in a great measure prayerless, consistent with a holy life?  To lead a holy life is to lead a life devoted to God, a life of worshipping and serving God, a life consecrated to the service of God.  But how does he lead such a life who does not so much as maintain the duty of prayer?  How can such a man be said to walk by the Spirit, and to be a servant of the Most High God?

A holy life is a life of faith.  The life that true Christians live in the world, they live by the faith of the Son of God.  But who can believe that that man lives by faith who lives without prayer, which is the natural expression of faith?  Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life; and to say that a man lives a life of faith and lives a prayerless life is every whit as inconsistent and incredible as to say that a man lives without breathing. A prayerless life is so far from being a holy life that it is a profane life.  He who lives so lives like a heathen who does not call on God's name.  He who lives a prayerless life lives without God in the world.

-Jonathan Edwards in his book The True Believer