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Praying for All Men
By REV. HOWARD W. POPE
Moody Bible Institute.
TEXT-I exhort therefore, that prayers,
intercessions, and giving of thanks be
made for all men.-I Tim. 2:1.
The. importance of prayer as a
preparation is seen when we consider
the nature of the
work. The task
hofore us is to
convince men that
they are lo<t,
and to persuade'
them to confess
their sin and sur
render their lives
to tile Lord Jesus
Christ. It is easy
to show a thief
or a drunkard
that he is a sin
ner, and needs
salvation ; but it
is not easy to
persuade a re
man that he is a sinner simply be
cause he has not accepted Christ as
his Savior. Sin is so subtle, and the
human heart sr? stubborn, thal only
the Holy Spirit can make one see
that unbelief is the crowning siu of
Tl?e common idea is that work is
the main business of the Christian,
and a little prayer is necessary to
help the work along. Christ's idea is
entirely different. In his thought
prayer is our chief business, with Jusi
enough work to make a channel
( through which the spiritual forces
generated by prayer may find an out
Prayer is the how that supplies the
force and work is the feather that
guides the arrow to its destination.
"If ye shall ask-I will do," he says.
In other words, Christ is still doing
the work that he "began to do" (Acts
1:1), and he invites us to help him
by prayer, whereas too many Chris
tians think that they are carrying on
the work, but need a little help from
him. What your idea is may best be
determined by estimating the amount
of .time you. spend in working for the
Lord.and the amount spent in prayer,
r Yes, we are ignorant, but thank
God we can all ieaju. Jesus has
opened a.'School of grayer Tn which,
if we will, we may ??a'rn the divlpi
jgjrt. And, wfiat a teacher ! How pa
tient, how long-suffering with dull
scholars] And how much he knows
about tho subject ! For eighteen hun
dred years this has been his constant
occupation, fifi cl now he invites us to
become, his pupils, and offers to teach
tis all he knows. "All things that I
have heard from ray Father I have
made known unto you." <John 10:15),
The personal worker should culti
vate the habit of praying daily for all
men. This is not only a positive com
mand (1 Tim. 2:1), but the habit has
many obvious advantages. For in
stance, you never meet a person for
whom you have not prayed, and this
fact gives you a deeper interest and
a stronger faith than would otherwise
be possible. Sometimes it is well to
telFthe person you are dealing with
that you have prayed for him scores
of times. Possibly he may ask, "Have
you ever seen me before?"
"Not to my knowledge."
"And yet you say that you have
prayed for me many times?"
"I cannot understand that"
"Very likely. That ls one of the
mysteries of the Kingdom, and there
are many other strange things that
you cannot understand until you are
a Christian yourself."
It is well also to have a prayer list,
. and 'daily remember by name those
whom God has especially laid on our
hearts. As a rule it is easy to speak
to those for whom we have often
prayed. Gypsy Smith tells us that
when he was converted he immediate
ly became anxious for the conversion
of 'us uncle. Among Gypsies it was
not considered proper for children to
address their elders on the subject of
duty ; and so thc? boy just prayed, and
waited for God to open the way. One
day Iiis uncle noticed a hole in his
trousers, and .said, "Rodney, how is it
that you have worn the knees of your
pants so much faster than the rest
"Uncle, I have worn them out pray
ing for you, that God would make you
a Christian ;" and then the tears
came, of course.
Nothing more was .said, hut the
uncle pul his arra around the boy and
drew him close to Iiis breast, and in
a little while was bending his knees
to the same Saviour. When we wear
otir clothes thin in praying for oth
ers, we shall not find it hard to speak
to them if the opportunity occurs.
Horrible Can Lose Its Horrors.
And, if my compassions are to be
like a river that never knows drought
I must cultivate a freshness of sight.
The horrible can lose its horrors. The
daily tragedy can become the daily
commonplace. Therefore must I ask
the Lord for the daily gift of discern
ing eyes. "Lord, that I may receive
my sight," and receive it new every
morning. Give me the power to see
the common as well as the uncom
mon ! May that which is familiar
startle mo every day. With an al
ways newly-awakened interest may I
reveal "the compassions of the Lord,"
A Covering for Sins
By REV. L. W. GOSNELL
Assistant Dean, Moody Bibi?
- Institute. Chicago
TEXT-Whom God hath set forth to be
a propitiation through faith in his blood,
to declare his righteousness for the re
mission of sins that are past, through the
forbearance of God; to declarer I say, at
this time his righteousness: that he might
be just, and the justifier of him which
believeth in Jesus.-Romans 3:25, 26.
A propitiation is a covering, some
thing that causes or enables a person
ro net mercifully
or forgivingly. The
blood of Christ is
?1 propitiation for
sin which covers
it and enables God
to act mercifully
Surely, this is old
news and new
news and good
news ! ''
Let it be clearly
God requires a
is something in
God to IR> appeased, and we under
j stand Hie cry of the publican, "God be
merciful (i. e. propitious) to me, a
sinner." Underlying the sacrifices of
the heathen, is the feeling that there
! is a wrath in God to be rookonett with,
j Dr. Ii. C. Mabie points out that a
* heathen man, on his way to the temple
j with a kid for sacrifice, may not un
; derstand just why he offers it. He
will tell you that his fathers did it
I before him, and hence he does it. Yet,
I if he is questioned further, and it is
suggested that the blood of the kid
is to take the place of his own death
I for his sins, his face will brighten and
? he will confess that this is the thought
: of his heart in the matter. It is true
; the heathen may have wrong thoughts
I of God, yet the Scriptures confirm his
i feeling that there is wrath in God
j against sin. and that this must be ap
I peased. The cross does not minimize
J the awfulness of sin. nor deny God's
I anger against it : but, as Professor
; Denney has said, "The 'cross Is in
, scribed 'God is love,' only because it is
, inscribed also, 'the wages of sin is
. deatji.' " '
God Provides a Covering for Sin.
? _ *r-i . -
I The glory of the Gospel is, that
? while God requires a propitiation, he
j himself provides it. As our text de
clares, it was God who set forth Christ,
\ (i. e., in a public way) to be a propi- j
tiation through hisblood. Hence, there !
j is a self-propitiation by God in the j
cross. His wrath against sin is ?v?- '
dent, but also his love for sinners, for j
1 what his holiness exacts, his love pro- j
1 vides. Men would say, "God is love
and does not require a propitiation ;" I
but the Bible argues, "God is love and
provides a propitiation." As Romans
f>:8 puts it: "God commendeth his love
toward us In that while we were yet
sinners," Christ died for us."
The fact that God provides a propi
, tiation makes clear there ls no oppo-;
sition between the Father and the Son
in redemption. While Christ loved us
and gave Himself, it is also true that
God so loved the world that he gave
his only begotten Son. While we are
I amazed at Christ's cry of forsaken*
I ness upon the cross, yet we should not
forget the solemn words, "It pleased
I the Lord to bruise bini," and, "The Lord
, hath laid on bim the iniquity of us all."
' At what infinite cost to the Father was
that bruising !
Our text explains that the cross de
clares God's righteousness for the re
mission of sins that are past, or as the
lt. V. bas it, "because of the passing
over of the sins done aforetime." This
refers to the sins committed under
the old covenant; before Christ came.
.It might have seemed that God was not
' angry with the wicked since he allowed
them to live and even to flourish. The
cross, however, makes clear that he
was regardful of sin and dealt lenient
ly with sinners only because of the
sacrifice yet to be offered on Calvary.
Moreover, the cross not only looks
backward to vindicate the righteous
ness of God; it also looks forward
and declares 'at this time his
righteousness thnt he might he just
and a justifier of him which believeth
In Jesus." Oh, that men understood
the marvel of it all ! To clear think
ing, eternal punishment is no mystery
in the dealings of a holy God with sin
ners. The amazing mystery is tjiat
such a God lias found a way by which
he can be just and still justify the un
godly. . ?v
The Experience of Cowper.
1 Christ's propitiation still satisfies
guilty souls. The poet, Cowper, when
distressed over bis sins, sought com
fort from the Bible. He says: "The
1 passage which met my eye was the
j twenty-fifth verse of the third chapter
j of Romans. On reading it, I immedi
ately received power to believe. The
\ rays of the Son of Righteousness fell
! on me in nil their fullness. I saw the
complete sufficiency of the expiation
which Christ lind wrought for my par
don and entire justification. In an in
stant I believed and received the peace
of the Gospel. If the arm of the Al
mighty had not supported me, I be
lieve I should have been overwhelmed
with gratitude and joy; my eyes filled
with tears; transports choked my ut
terances. I could only look to heaven
in silent fear, overflowing with love
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