11. CHILD LIKE LOVE IN PRAYER UNLOCKS CONTINUED SUCCESS
The essential to continued success in prayer is child-like love—“That we should believe on the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another as He gave us commandment.” The great commandment after faith is love. As it is said of God, “God is Love,” so may we say that, “Christianity is love.” If we were, each one, incarnations of love we should have attained to the complete likeness of Christ. We should abound in love to God, love to Christ, love to the church, love to sinners and love to men everywhere.
When a man has no love to God, he is in the condition of a child without love to his father. Shall his father promise absolutely to fulfil all the desires of his unloving, unfilial heart? Or, if a child has no love to his brothers and sisters, shall the father trust him with an absolute promise, and say, “Ask and it shall be given you?” Why, the unloving son would impoverish the whole family by his selfish demands, regardless of all the rest of the household. He would only care to indulge his own passions. His request would before long be—“Father, give me all the inheritance,” or, “Father, regulate the home to suit me and make all my brothers submit to my wishes.” Vain of his personal appearance, like Absalom, who was proud of his hair, he would soon seek the kingdom for himself. Few Josephs can wear the garment of many colours and not become household tyrants.
Who would allow a prodigal to run off with the estate? Who would be so unwise as to install a greedy, domineering brother in the seat of honour, above his brethren? Therefore, you see that selfishness cannot be trusted with power in prayer. Unloving spirits, that love neither God nor men, cannot be trusted with great, broad, unlimited promises. If God is to hear us we must love God and love our fellow men for, when we love God, we shall not pray for anything that would not honour God and shall not wish to see anything happen to us which would not also bless our brethren. Our hearts will beat true to God and to His creatures and we shall not be wrapped up in ourselves.
You must get rid of selfishness before God can trust you with the keys of heaven. When self is dead, then He will enable you to unlock His treasuries and as a prince, shall you have power with God and prevail. Next to this, we must have child-like ways as well. Read the next verse, “He that keeps His commandments dwells in Him, and He in him.” It is one of a child’s ways to love its home. The good child, to whose requests its father always listens, loves no place so much as the dear old house where its parents live. Now he who loves and keeps God’s commandments is said to dwell in Him—he has made the Lord his dwelling place and abides in holy familiarity with God. In him our Lord’s words are fulfilled, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Faith and love, like two cherubic wings, have borne up the believer’s soul above the world and carried him near to the throne of God. He has become like God and now it is that his prayers are such as God can answer—but until he is thus conformed to the divine mind there must be some limit to the potency of his pleadings. To dwell in God is necessary to power with God.
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