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Two Essential Means of Grace

27 October 2006 No Comment

Use the Word of God and prayer in the right proportion!

“but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:4)

Do you have a healthy balance between reading the Bible and praying?

The following comes from the “Prefatory Note” of Chapter 1 of Prevailing Prayer by D. L. Moody. 

The two first and essential means of grace are the Word of God and prayer. By these come conversion; for we are born again by the Word of God, which lives and abides forever; and whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

By these also we grow; for we are exhorted to desire the sincere milk of the Word that we may grow thereby, and we cannot grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ except we also speak to Him in prayer.

It is by the Word that the Father sanctifies us; but we are also bidden to watch and pray, lest we enter into temptation. These two means of grace must be used in their right proportion. If we read the Word and do not pray, we may become puffed up with knowledge, without the love that builds up. If we pray without reading the Word, we shall be ignorant of the mind and will of God, and become mystical and fanatical, and liable to be blown about by every wind of doctrine.

Prayer Power
LORD, thank You for Your Word and for prayer. Help me to maintain a healthy balance between those two. Bless those who read this message to do likewise. Thank You Jesus. Amen.

Link of the Day
Prevailing Prayer by D. L. Moody [http://glorifyhisname.com/sys-tmpl/dlmpp/]

Blessings to use the Word of God and prayer in the right proportion!
 

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