My reader, you may feel that your Pastor is eloquent of speech, but do you hear him speaking much of bowing down to God in prayer? If not, who is "the Preacher" ...really? Is it God the Holy Ghost, who alone can do the work (1 Pet. 4:11)? What about you, my reader? Are you honoring God - The Pastor (1 Pet. 2:25, Heb. 13:20) - feeling that your entire duty is to be "labourers together with God" (1 Cor. 3:9)? In other words, do you try to stay out of God's way while you engage in the work? Today men know nothing of what it means to be "a vessel...meet for the Master's use" (2 Tim. 2:21)... and, likewise, preachers are rich in pride because they are powerless to pray.
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you..."
Ephesians 1:15-19, 3:14-21, Colossians 1:9-12
"...the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him"
"the eyes of your understanding being enlightened"
"that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding"
"that ye...may be able to comprehend...to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God"
Who, in this dark generation, does walk out the command of Christ, "Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning" (Luke 12:35)? Preacher, if Christ does come to you "in the second watch, or come in the third watch" of the night, how will He "find" you to be? Will Christ include you in the number of those saintly few whom He spoke of when He said - "BLESSED ARE THOSE SERVANTS" (Luke 12:35-40)?
It is amazing that men can suppose themselves as the learned, the educated "Masters of Divinity", and yet they have never learned discipline and bodily subjection in the eternal cause of prayer, being invigorated thereto by a godly fear of God’s castaway wrath (1 Cor. 9:27). Having learned all manner of words, have you ever learned that which is not in “word only” (1 Thess. 1:5, 1 Cor. 2:10-13)? Having loved the “enticing words of man’s wisdom”, are you oblivious to what Paul called the “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Cor. 2:4)? This learning - which is a spiritual experience - is not found by men because they are intellectual. This is what God calls “HIDDEN WISDOM” (1 Cor. 2:7) - but we are a generation of proud men who think God’s learning comes naturally (1 Cor. 2:14). How wrong we’ve got it!
“No preacher is going to skip into the pulpit with the “good news” that the church won the top honors in the interchurch bowling league if he has come from the closet of prayer with eternity blazing in his eyes.” - Leonard Ravenhill
“No preacher leaves the closet with a sweat on his soul and offers a world of rebels the feeble utterance, ‘God loves you,’ without also stating, ‘God is angry with the wicked every day (Ps. 7:11).’” - Leonard Ravenhill
My reader, if you truly sought God, no compromising, with ALL of YOUR HEART, what would He show you? What hidden thing would God reveal to YOU? A godly man once said, "The chief danger of the twentieth century will be: religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, heaven without hell" (William Booth).