Jonathan Edwards on Prayer
“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you…” Jeremiah 29.12-14
An Humble Attempt
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
“But certainly that expression of seeking the Lord, is very commonly used to signify something more; it implies that God himself is the great good desired and sought after; that the blessings pursued are God’s gracious presence, the blessed manifestations of him, union and intercourse with him; or, in short, God’s manifestations and communications of himself by His Holy Spirit.”
We shall know that seeking the Lord has accomplished its objective when the power, fruit, gifts, and unity of the Spirit are increasingly known among us. How does it stand with these matters at present? Abounding fruit? Multiple and abundant gifts engaged in the work of ministry and building the church? Power for witness flowing to and through the members of our congregations? Churches in every community joined in visible unity? The apostles, following Christ’s instruction, waited together in extended prayer for God to send His Spirit for all these blessings, and after ten days, He came. God wants us to be filled with His Spirit (Eph. 5.18-21). He commands us to pray, and promises to listen when we do. And then, He says, we will find Him. For then God shall come down into our midst again, filling each one with His Spirit, working within us to will and do of His good pleasure, exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we have ever before dared to ask or think (Phil. 2.13; Eph. 3.20). And when God comes to His people like this, then real revival will begin.
How might you be able to know, in your own church, when the Spirit of God is beginning to stir people for revival? Do you pray for this to happen? Do you pray with others for it?
Learn to Pray for Revival – and Pray!
An Humble Attempt
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.All quotations are from Jonathan Edwards, An Humble Attempt, &c. in Edward Hickman, ed. The Works of Jonathan Edwards(Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1834, 1995), Vol. Two, pp. 278ff.