Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bounds: the battlefield

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    Feast of Mary, Martha & Lazarus, Companions of Our Lord
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
    —Psalm 46:4-5 (NIV)
    [The prayer closet] is the battlefield of the Church; its citadel; the scene of heroic and unearthly conflicts. The closet is the base of supplies for the Christian and the Church. Cut off from it there is nothing left but retreat and disaster. The energy for work, the mastery over self, the deliverance from fear, all spiritual results and graces, are much advanced by prayer.
    ... E. M. Bounds (1835-1913), Purpose in Prayer, New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1920, p. 52 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 6:6; Ps. 46:4-5; Rom. 8:26; Eph. 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:17; Jude 1:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, in prayer, You are the source of all strength.
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