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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Second Half of "Do You Pray?" Part 8 Don't Wait or It Might Be Too Late!

I decided to make today's LONG "Do You Pray?" post into 2 parts.  You'll find the second half of Part 8 here.  Hope this doesn't confuse anyone!

Please click "Do You Pray? Part 8" to read the first half of Part 8 and "Do You Pray?" to read all of this series.

And Now, the second half of
"Do You Pray?" Part 8 by J. C. Ryle:
Let me speak to those who have real desires for salvation, but know not what steps to take, or where to begin.  I cannot but hope that some readers may be in this state of mind, and if there be but one such I must offer him affectionate counsel.

In every journey there must be a first step.  There must be a change from sitting still to moving forward.  The journeyings of Israel from Egypt to Canaan were long and wearisome.  Forty years pass away before they crossed Jordan.  Yet there was some one who moved first when they marched from Ramah to Succoth.  When does a man really take his first step in coming out from sin and the world? He does it in the day when he first prays with his heart.

In every building the first stone must be laid, and the first blow must be struck.  The ark was one hundred and twenty years in building.  Yet there was a day when Noah laid his axe to the first tree he cut down to form it.  The temple of Solomon was a glorious building.  But there was a day when the first huge stone was laid deep in mount Moriah. When does the building of the Spirit really begin to appear in a man's heart?  It begins, so far as we can judge, when he first pours out his heart to God in prayer.

If you desire salvation, and want to know what to do, I advise you to go this very day to the Lord Jesus Christ, in the first private place you can find, and earnestly and heartily entreat him in prayer to save your soul.

Tell him that you have heard that he receives sinners, and has said, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.  Tell him that you are a poor vile sinner, and that you come to him on the faith of his own invitation. Tell him you put yourself wholly and entirely in his hands; that you feel vile and helpless, and hopeless in yourself; and that except he saves you, you have no hope of being saved at all.  Beseech him to deliver you from the guilt, the power, and the consequences of sin.  Beseech him to pardon you, and wash you in his own blood.  Beseech him to give you a new heart, and plant the Holy Spirit in your soul.  Beseech him to give you grace and faith and will and power to be his disciple and servant from this day for ever.  Oh, reader, go this very day, and tell these things to the Lord Jesus Christ, if you really are in earnest about your soul.

Tell him in your own way, and your own words.  If a doctor came to see you when sick you could tell him where you felt pain.  If your soul feels its disease indeed, you can surely find something to tell Christ.

Doubt not his willingness to save you, because you are a sinner.  It is Christ's office to save sinners.  He says himself, "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Luke 5:32).

Wait not because you feel unworthy.  Wait for nothing.  Wait for nobody.  Waiting comes from the devil.  Just as you are, go to Christ.  The worse you are, the more need you have to apply to him.  You will never mend yourself by staying away.

Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor.  Jesus can understand you.  Just as a mother understands the first lispings of her infant, so does the blessed Saviour understand sinners.  He can read a sigh, and see a meaning in a groan.  Despair not because you do not get an answer immediately.  While you are speaking, Jesus is listening.  If he delays an answer, it is only for wise reasons, and to try if you are in earnest.  The answer will surely come.  Though it tarry, wait for it.  It will surely come.

Oh, reader, if you have any desire to be saved, remember the advice I have given you this day.  Act upon it honestly and heartily, and you shall be saved.
J.C. Ryle  -  (1816-1900), first Anglican bishop of Liverpool
J.C. Ryle was a prolific writer, vigorous preacher, faithful pastor, husband of three wives (widowed three times) and the father to five children. He was thoroughly evangelical in his doctrine and uncompromising in his Biblical principles. After being in Pastoral ministry in England for 38 years, in 1880 (at age 64) Ryle became the first bishop of Liverpool, England and remained there for 20 years. He retired in 1900 (at age 83) and died later that same year at age 84.
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Blogger Denise said...

enjoyed this.

February 9, 2011 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Sarah Allen said...

Just stumbled onto your blog. I admire your faith and passion. I am also a believer in Christ. Thank you for sharing that faith and standing up for it.

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

February 9, 2011 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Glad you enjoyed it. I am always challenged to think of my faith in a new way through Ryle's writing. We, in our day, take our Christianity too lightly, compared to his, I think.

February 9, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Thank you, Sarah Allen,
I'm glad you found me! Boldness is something even Paul asked for prayer for more of, and if he, than how much more of it I need! We are commanded to share the gospel--God will determine the results, but I'm praying for people to surrender to Christ and be discipled through this blog. It's a glorious opportunity, blogging!

February 9, 2011 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Dorothy Adamek said...

I love the encouragement that waiting is from the enemy and we should step out in faith like Noah with his ax. Thanks for a thought provoking post.
Dorothy :)

February 10, 2011 at 3:42 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Hi Dotti! (I've missed you here!)
J. C. Ryle has a way of saying things that puts a whole new twist on them.
For instance, if you're prayerless, one should question whether you have faith at all!
Does my prayer life indicate the health of my spiritual life? Can you tell how strong a Christian I am by looking at my prayers?

And, yes, an amazing statement: "Waiting is from the enemy." But, of course, it must be so, for wouldn't God have those whom He has called to jump from the deadly fire into His arms without delay?!

February 10, 2011 at 7:23 AM  

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