Whatever he asks of thee, bring him thy Saviour; he cannot ask more. They had lifted themselves as near to Heaven as they could. How does God speak to us, then, and how does He expect us to answer? Coupled with adoration, the Lord should always hear the voice of our gratitude. Speak for the Church, also! At the same time we must not be silent ourselves; for to read the Scriptures, and to hear sermons, and never to pray, would not bring fellowship with God. This booklet features 20 bite-sized chapters, either for study or for daily meditation, and an index full of short prayers and aspirations.
Hear the Word attentively and ponder it in your heart. But the conversation generally began with the Lord Himself. Does it not commend itself to your spiritual judgment? Jesus Christ would have us be teachable as little children and ready to receive, with meekness, the engrafted Word which is able to save our souls! The missionary passed by without disturbing the good man, but a little while after he mentioned to him what he had seen, and asked him why it was that sometimes he read, and sometimes he looked up? The missionary passed by without disturbing the good man, but a little while after he mentioned to him what he had seen and asked him why it was that sometimes he read, and sometimes he looked up? Make me to know my faults, my Father, and help me to purge myself from them. But if your friend will lead, your mind takes fire and you have no difficulty in following him! We should often use the language of intimate communion. At any rate, faith finds exercise in knowing that God never speaks in vain, even though he be not understood.
Finally, we can converse with God by conversing with one another in ways that demonstrate compassion and kindness, love and sacrifice. Above all, remember how Jesus talked with His Father as well as listened to the Voice from Heaven. Ask thy poor servant for all thou canst demand of him and he will gladly reply. How should we speak to the Most High? Beware lest you thus insult the Majesty of Heaven! Sometimes too, when our heart is very full of thankfulness, we should allow praise to burst forth at once. Brethren, it is clear that the voice of God speaks to us in different tones and our business, as His children, is to answer at once when He speaks to us. Thus, we can approach God as His friends, with confidence and boldness! God gets to experience every selfless deed through us because we are of God.
I fear it is sometimes far otherwise—and then our loving Lord has His patience tried. If the Lord wills to have the first word in the holy conversation which He intends to hold with His servants, God forbid that any speech of ours should interpose! We cannot believe that the Providence which looks so evil can really be a blessing in disguise. That which I see not teach me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more. In the Bible we have precious doctrines, precious promises, precious precepts and, above all, a precious Christ! He made his appeal from the false judgement of man to the bar of God and begged to be forthwith summoned before the tribunal of the Judge of All, for he was sure that God would justify him. Does it not commend itself to your spiritual judgement? Scripture often whispers rather than thunders, and the ear must be duly trained to comprehend its language.
Remember how Abraham spoke with God again and again, though he felt himself to be but dust and ashes; how Moses pleaded; how David sat before the Lord and then spake with his tongue: above all, remember how Jesus talked with his Father as well as hearkened to the voice from Heaven. There the Lord allows him to understand his eternal union with Christ and the safety that comes of it. Tell the Lord your condition and entreat Him to reveal Himself to you. This book shows you simply how to love God and give Him glory through regular every day activities. It is the perfect size to slip into a wallet, purse, or pocket, for use in church, at home, or at work—wherever you may be, for as this booklet shows, we can pray to God at any place and at any time. And if you will not do what He bids you, neither can you expect Him to give you what you seek at His hands.
Again, it will be well sometimes to vary the order. Paul says of Our Lord, In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Some people read the Bible through in a set time, and in great haste, and they might just as well never look at it at all. Beloved friends, we should also speak to God with the voice of petition, and this we can never cease to do, for we are always full of wants. We are a reflection of all that God wishes us to aspire to become when we create for the benefit and pleasure of others.
Original review: 4 Feb 15; reread 20 Oct 15 Sometimes there are some books that contain the greatness of a Spiritual Tradition in so small a space, and this is one of them, this book could probably get completed in a one afternoon. Related Topics Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. An obedient heart is needful if there is to be any happy converse between God and the soul. Thus do Believers and their God rest together in the same Beloved One! One of the essentials in any relationship is communication. I recommend this book for anyone who is traumatized by the Calvinistic conception of God as well as suffers from Scrupulosity, and wants to know the Christian God of Love that is grounded in Reverence but also Confidence, in a manner that is direct and to the point. There can be no greater Lord than God; neither can there be a more ardent lover than He.
But, most of our dialogue with the divine is through prayer. And last of all upon this point, God speaks to his people sometimes in the tones which invite to innermost communion. There can be no greater Lord than God; neither can there be a more ardent lover than He. He said that one morning he saw a converted African chieftain sitting under a palm tree with his Bible open before him. Who would not be silent to hear Jehovah speak? The Lord called first and Moses answered. Perhaps he will hide from us the light of his countenance and deny us the consolations of the Spirit. Just as the title indicates, this famous booklet of St.
While he kept his flock in the wilderness he saw a bush which burned and was not consumed, and he turned aside to gaze upon it, and then the Lord spake to him out of the bush. Oh, you chosen, speak to your Lord! When you are feeling down and unworthy, this book will uplift you. Oh, ye chosen, speak ye to your Lord. We see that holding on to bitterness and anger prevents us from fully experiencing the joy that comes from receiving true mercy and grace. Mockery in this matter is deadly sin. When we pray, we set aside solitary time in which we are conscious of being in God's presence. If you ask what is to be your destiny in the future, he shows you Christ coming a second time without a sin-offering unto salvation.
Notably was this the case in the instance of the holy child Samuel. It is a blessed thing to wait at the posts of his doors, expecting a word of love from his throne. This is one form of holy fellowship. No wonder that he said to them many things which otherwise he would never have thought of uttering, and a few which I dare say he afterwards regretted. If we will not arise at His call it may be He will leave us to slumber like sluggards till our poverty comes as one that travels and our need as an armed man. It is wonderful that he did not express himself far more bitterly than he did. Alphonsus Liguori teaches us how to speak personally and with confidence in prayer to God, who, the Saint says, will not speak to us unless we first speak to Him.