Hannah Whitall Smith penned these words July 6, 1859. Her subject was on prayer.
I want to realize the simplicity of prayer. I don’t dare look at it as a religious exercise, but rather as a child’s going to a father to get what is needed in answer to prayer.
When we love earthly friends we are not satisfied with only a few minutes together at a time, nor can we learn to know their real character, or appreciate the depths of their nature, if we only have a few passing words with them as we go about our daily routine, even if those passing words should occur every few minutes. Neither can we know God in this way.
How often we say about our earthly friends “I really would like to have a good quiet settled talk with them so that I can really get to know them.” And shouldn’t we feel the same about our Heavenly Friend, that we may really get to know Him?
These thoughts have taught me the importance of the children of God taking time to commune daily with their Father, so that they may get to know His mind, and to understand better what His will is.
Hannah Whitall Smith and Melvin Easterday Dieter, The Christian’s Secret of a Holy Life: The Unpublished Personal Writings of Hannah Whitall Smith (Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997).
“If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal (coffee) together as friends.” (Revelation 3: 20) What a great way to start a day with such a friend! You might be surprise what Jesus want to share with you. He speak directly to the inner part of us. The soul need to be feed just like the body need a couple meals every day. A. W. Tozer said “To meet with God, we need to slow down inwardly so that we can relax and open our spiritual eyes and ears”
Yesterday morning I ask my twelve years old son how many eggs he wanted to eat, his answer caught me of guard when he said three eggs dad. He is presently growing up rapidly. Spiritually we also need to grow up. After we receive Jesus in our hearts, we are faced with a decision–will we grow and mature in this new life or not? Physically, there is no choice–we continue to grow larger and taller. At about the age twelve, we begin to enter adult life. The decisions made during this time affect our lives in many ways- the most important being: will we grow according to the ways of the world or will we seek friendship with God and grow according to His ways? Real friendship with anyone involves a growing, loving relationship. And to be a friend requires a decision to love that person whether human or divine. In our spiritual teen age, we need to decide to love God with all our heart, soul, and might. The question is “am I presently growing spiritually?”
Beware of despairing about yourself. You are commanded to put your trust in God, and not in yourself. —St. Augustine