Jonathan Edwards on Prayer
“The LORD your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet youwith His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3.17
An Humble Attempt
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
“A time of great and universal joy, we are taught to expect, will take place through all the earth, when ‘from the utmost ends of the earth shall be heard songs, even glory to the righteous,’ and God’s people ‘shall with joy draw water out of the wells of salvation’…Yea, the Scriptures represent it not only as a time of universal joy on earth, but extraordinary joy in heaven, among the angels and saints, the holy apostles and prophets there…”
Many believers today have difficulty “connecting” – if I may put it that way – with the unseen realm which spreads out all around, above, beneath, and through us. Yet the Lord observes our every movement, peering even to the depths of our souls. Holy saints and angels surround us, watching as we run our race, and, the Scriptures indicate, are affected by our grief and joy. There is rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents, as we know. How much joy must there be in heaven – not to mention among the myriads of lost sinners, waiting to be redeemed – when revival engulfs and renews the people of God? Jesus intends to reap the whole earth for His glory (Rev. 14.14-16). As we pray for revival, joining our prayers with departed saints and holy angels, let us ask the Lord to embolden us to join Him in this great work.
How do you help the people in your church to practice the reality of the unseen realm, and to evidence their engagement with it as a vital aspect of their faith (Heb. 11.1)?
T. M. Moore
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.