A Prayer-Hearing God

It was on March 20th, 1832, after reading part of the Life of Jonathan Edwards, that Robert Murray M’Cheyne penned these words:

How feeble my spark of Christianity appears beside such a sun! But even his was a borrowed light, and the same source is still open to enlighten me.[1]

M’Cheyne knew that the giants of the Christian faith were simple men who had met frequently with God at the throne of grace. These men were not primarily theologians, evangelists, writers, etc. They were men of prayer. Men who had frequent accounts with God. We can learn much from these men! Today, I would like to look at Jonathan Edwards’ sermon on Psalm 65:2 – “The Most High A Prayer-Hearing God.” This sermon can be found within The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 2, published by The Banner of Truth Trust.

It is my intention in this post to share a few quotes with you. I pray that these quotes would wet your appetite for Edwards and stir your soul.

See the following quotes:

“God in his word manifests himself ready at all times to allow us this privilege [prayer]. He sits on a throne of grace; and there is no veil to hide this throne, and keep us from it. The veil is rent from the top to the bottom; the way is open at all times, and we may go to God as often as we please.”[2]

“God has been pleased to constitute prayer to be antecedent to the bestowment of mercy; and he is pleased to bestow mercy in consequence of prayer, as though he were prevailed on by prayer. When the people of God are stirred up to prayer, it is the effect of his intention to show mercy; therefore he pours out the spirit of grace and supplication.”[3]

“Why is God so ready to hear the prayers of men? – To this I answer, because he is a God of infinite grace and mercy. It is indeed a very wonderful thing, that so great a God should be so ready to hear our prayers, though we are so despicable and unworthy.”[4]

“We have the true God made known to us; a God of infinite grace and mercy; a God full of compassion to the miserable, who is ready to pity us under all our troubles and sorrows, to hear our cries, and to give us all the relief which we need; a God who delights in mercy, and is rich unto all that call upon him!”[5]

“The business of prayer is not to direct God, who is infinitely wise, and needs not any of our directions; who knows what is best for us ten thousand times better than we, and knows what time and what way are best. It is fit that he should answer, and, as an infinitely wise God, in the exercise of his own wisdom, and not ours.”[6]

Concluding thoughts:

Edwards concludes his sermon with the following paragraph. I thought it would be fitting to close this post with it as well:

“Finally, seeing we have such a prayer-hearing God as we have heard, let us be much employed in the duty of prayer: let us pray with all prayer and supplication: let us live prayerful lives, continuing instant in prayer, watching thereunto with all perseverance; praying always, without ceasing, earnestly, and not fainting.”[7]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citations:

                [1] David P., Beaty. An All-Surpassing Fellowship (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage), 12.

                [2] Jonathan, Edwards. Psalm 65:2 – The Most High A Prayer-Hearing God. In “The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 2” (Carlisle: Banner of Truth), 114.

[3] Ibid., 116.

[4] Ibid., 116.

[5] Ibid., 116.

[6] Ibid., 117.

[7] Ibid., 118.

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