Charles Spurgeon: “The God who decrees to give us blessings has also decreed that we shall ask for them.”
Oh, how I believe Spurgeon is right. To paraphrase Isaiah 30:18 – God longs for us…to long for Him.
Two truths go hand in hand:
- God desires to bless us.
- He waits for us to ask for these blessings.
My problem is that I can easily forget either of these truths, and when I do, my prayer life dies, and the blessings are impeded.
First, I forget that God is inclined lovingly toward me. To reverse the story of Luke 18, I imagine that my life is not important to Him, that “this poor widow(er) has no business knocking on the door of this great judge.” Forgetting God’s kind inclination toward me causes me to forsake prayer.
Or second, I may remember that He loves me and yet forget that God has decreed that I ask for the daily demonstrations of His love. “You do not have because you do not ask” is the undeniable, basic truth of prayer.
So how do I solve this problem?
Personally, I have found only one solution: I must decisively commit to a time of regular, daily prayer come what may, no matter what. When I am in my right mind, I know that God loves me and that He waits for me to ask for blessings. But I am too often not in my right mind. On these days, it is only my commitment to seek His face that moves me to my knees.
Prayer is like marriage. The thing that keeps a couple together in the long run is not the flame of infatuation that burns in them on the wedding day. Rather it is the vow, the commitment they make, “till death do us part.” Similarly, going to a conference and hearing a few speakers on prayer may move you to your knees for a few days, but only a commitment will keep you there.
So if Spurgeon’s quote moves you, decide today that you will never again miss a day of seeking this loving God for His hand of blessing.
Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for Him.
Isaiah 30:18 (NASB)