Edwards’ Resolution #29

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Resolutions

downloadResolved, Never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession which I cannot hope God will accept.

Talk about hope and confidence in God’s faithfulness! Edwards had the uttermost trust that God would hear and answer his prayers and accept his sincere confession. Perhaps this is why he would make the following statements in his writings:

“Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life.”

“The true spirit of prayer is no other than God’s own Spirit dwelling in the hearts of the saints. And as this spirit comes from God, so doth it naturally tend to God in holy breathings and pantings. It naturally leads to God, to converse with him by prayer.”

“Many pray with their lips for that for which their hearts have no desire.”

“True Christian prayer is the faith and reliance of the soul breathed forth in words.”

“When we go before God in prayer with a cold, dull heart, and in a lifeless and listless manner pray to him for eternal blessings, and those of infinite import to our souls, we should think of Christ’s earnest prayers that he poured out to God, with tears and a bloody sweat. The example of Jacob in wrestling with God for the blessing, should teach us earnestness in our prayers, but more especially the example of Jesus Christ, who wrestled with God in a bloody sweat.”

“If a man is constant in prayer, it will restrain him from willful sinning.  On the other hand, if he allows himself in sinful practices, they will restrain him from praying.”

[Source: http://www.treasuring-christ.org/jonathan-edwards-quotes]

And don’t forget – Edwards read over the 70 resolutions once a week! You can find the Resolutions here.

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