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TOZER EDITORIAL: WHAT PROFIT IN PRAYER? December 1950

The skeptic in the book of Job asked the disdainful question, What is the Almighty, that we should serve him, and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

The whole tone of the remark shows that it is meant to be rhetorical. The doubter, believing the question could have no answer, tossed it off contemptuously and turned away, like Pilate, without waiting for a reply. But we have an answer. God Himself has supplied it, and the universal consensus of the ages has added an Amen.

In the eleventh chapter of Hebrews we have a long list of benefits which faith brings to its possessors: justification, deliverance, fruitfulness, endurance, victory over enemies, courage, strength and even resurrection from the dead. And everything that is attributed to faith might with equal truth be attributed to prayer, for faith and true prayer are like two sides of the same coin. They are inseparable.

Men may, and often do, pray without faith (though this is not true prayer), but it is not thinkable that men should have faith and not pray. The biblical formula is The prayer of faith. Prayer and faith are here bound together by the little preposition of, and what God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Faith is only genuine as it eventuates into prayer.

When Tennyson wrote More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, he probably uttered a truth of vaster significance than even he understood. While it is not always possible to trace an act of God to its prayer-cause, it is yet safe to say that prayer is back of everything that God does for the sons of men here upon earth. One would gather as much from a simple reading of the Scriptures.

What profit is there in prayer? Much every way. Whatever God can do faith can do, and whatever faith can do prayer can do when it is offered in faith. An invitation to prayer is, therefore, an invitation to omnipotence, for prayer engages the Omnipotent God and brings Him into our human affairs. Nothing is impossible to the man who prays in faith, just as nothing is impossible with God. This generation has yet to prove all that prayer can do for believing men and women.

It was a saying of George Mueller that faith grows with use. If we would have great faith we must begin to use the little faith we already have. Put it to work by reverent and faithful praying, and it will grow and become stronger day by day. Dare today to trust God for something small and ordinary and next week or next year you may be able to trust Him for answers bordering on the miraculous. Everyone has some faith, said Mueller; the difference among us is one of degree only, and the man of small faith may be simply the one who has not dared to exercise the little faith he has.

According to the Bible, we have because we ask, or we have not because we ask not. It does not take much wisdom to discover our next move. Is it not to pray, and pray again and again till the answer comes? God waits to be invited to display His power in behalf of His people. The world situation is such that nothing less than God can straighten it out. Let us not fail the world and disappoint God by failing to pray.

Tozer Editorial: What Profit In Prayer? Alliance Weekly, December 2 1950

What Profit Is There In Prayer?

Hebrews 11 “By faith…”

What profit is there in prayer? Much every way. Whatever God can do faith can do, and whatever faith can do prayer can do when it is offered in faith. An invitation to prayer is, therefore, an invitation to omnipotence, for prayer engages the Omnipotent God and brings Him into our human affairs. Nothing is impossible to the man who prays in faith, just as nothing is impossible with God. This generation has yet to prove all that prayer can do for believing men and women.

It was a saying of George Mueller that faith grows with use. If we would have great faith we must begin to use the little faith we already have. Put it to work by reverent and faithful praying, and it will grow and become stronger day by day. Dare today to trust God for something small and ordinary and next week or next year you may be able to trust Him for answers bordering on the miraculous. Everyone has some faith, said Mueller; the difference among us is one of degree only, and the man of small faith may be simply the one who has not dared to exercise the little faith he has.

According to the Bible, we have because we ask, or we have not because we ask not. It does not take much wisdom to discover our next move. Is it not to pray, and pray again and again till the answer comes? God waits to be invited to display His power in behalf of His people. The world situation is such that nothing less than God can straighten it out. Let us not fail the world and disappoint God by failing to pray.
“What profit is there in prayer?” is from Tozer Editorial What profit is there in prayer?

“It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray aright; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must pray patiently, believing, continue in prayer until we obtain an answer.” George Mueller

Christ Is My Cleansing, Reigning Life

Philippians 1:21a For to me to live is Christ,

Do you wonder that Paul could say with tingling joy and exultation, “To me to live is
Christ”? He did not say, as I had mistakenly been supposing I must say, “To me to live
is to be Christlike,” nor, “To me to live is to have Christ’s help,” nor, “To me to live
is to serve Christ.”No; he plunged through and beyond all that in the bold, glorious,
mysterious claim, “Tome to live is Christ.”

I had never understood that verse before. Now, thanks to His gift of Himself,
I am beginning to enter into a glimpse of its wonderful meaning.And that is
how I know for myself that there is a life that wins; that it is the life of Jesus
Christ; and that it may be our life for the asking, if we let Him – in absolute,
unconditional surrender of ourselves to Him, our wills to His will, making Him the
Master of our lives as well as our Saviour – enter in, occupy us, overwhelm us with
Himself, yea, fill us with Himself “with all the fulness of God.”

What has the result been? Did this experience give me only a new, intellectual
conception of Christ, more interesting and satisfying than before? If it were only that, I
should have little to tell you today. No; it meant a revolutionized, fundamentally
changed life, within and without. If any man be in Christ, you know, there is a new
creation.

Do not think that I am suggesting any mistaken, unbalanced theory that, when a man
receives Christ as the fullness of his life, he cannot sin again. The “life that is Christ”
still leaves us our free will; with that free will we can resist Christ; and my life, since
the new experience of which I speak, has recorded sins of such resistance. But I have learned
that the restoration after failure can be supernaturally blessed, instantaneous, and
complete. I have learned that, as I trust Christ in surrender, there need be no fighting
against sin, but complete freedom from the power and even the desire of sin.
I have learned that this freedom, this more than conquering, is sustained in unbroken
continuance as I simply recognize that Christ is my cleansing, reigning life.
Charles Thumbull, Victory In Christ

George Mueller: How Faith May Be Increased 3

Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”

I do not carry the burden. And now in my sixty-seventh year [another source states seventy-sixth year], I have physical strength and mental vigor for as much work as when I was a young man in the university studying and preparing Latin orations. I am just as vigorous as at that time. How comes this? Because in the last half-century of labor I’ve been able with the simplicity of a child, to rely upon God. I have had my trials, but I have laid hold upon God, and so it has come to pass that I have been sustained. It is not only permission, but positive command that He gives, to cast the burdens upon Him. Oh, let us do it! My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee” (Ps. 55:22). Day by day I do it. This morning sixty matters in connection with the church of which I am pastor, I brought before the Lord, and thus it is, day by day I do it, and year by year; ten years, thirty years, forty years.

Do not, however, expect to obtain full faith at once. All such things as jumping into full exercise of faith in such things I discountenance. I do not believe in it. I do not believe in it, I do not believe in it and I wish you plainly to understand I do not believe in it. All such things go on in a natural way. The little I did obtain I did not obtain all at once. All this I say particularly, because letters come to me full of questions from those who seek to have their faith strengthened. Begin over again, staying your soul in the Word of God, and you will have an increase of your faith as you exercise it. George Mueller: How Faith May Be Increased 3 is taken from an old tract entitled Real Faith

“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” George Mueller

What Think Ye Of Christ: God The Father

Matt 22: 42. What think ye of Christ?

But there is still another witness—a higher still. Some think that the God of the Old Testament is the Christ of the New. But when Jesus came out of Jordan, baptized by John, there came a voice from heaven. God the Father spoke. It was his testimony to Christ: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Ah, yes! God the Father thinks well of the Son. And if God is well pleased with him, so ought we. If the sinner and God are well pleased with Christ, then the sinner and God can meet. The moment you say, as the Father said, “I am well pleased with him,” and accept him, you are wedded to God. Will you not believe the testimony? Will you not believe this witness, this last of all, the Lord of hosts, the King of kings himself? Once more he repeats it, so that all may know it. With Peter and James and John, on the mount of transfiguration, he cries again, “This is my beloved Son; hear him.” And that voice went echoing and reechoing through Palestine, through all the earth from sea to sea; yes, that voice is echoing still, Hear him! Hear him! (What Think Ye Of Christ: God The Father is taken from a sermon by D. L. Moody)

To God the Father, Son,
And Spirit One in Three.
Be glory; as it was, is now,
And shall ever be.
John Wesley

“The devil would have Christ prove Himself to be God, by turning stones into bread; but the Holy Ghost shows His Godhead by turning stones into flesh (Eze. 36:26).” Thomas Watson

The Greatness Of God’s Mercy And Goodness

Isaiah 12:6 Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Dwell much upon the greatness of God’s mercy and goodness to you. Nothing humbles and breaks the
heart, like God’s mercy and love. In Luke 7, the Lord Jesus shows mercy to that notorious sinner,
and then she falls down at His feet, and loves much and weeps much, etc.

Oh, if ever you would have your souls kept humble,dwell upon the free grace and love of God to you in
Christ! Dwell upon . . .

the firstness of His love,
the freeness of His love,
the greatness of His love,
the fullness of His love,
the unchangeableness of His love,
the everlastingness of His love, and
the ardency of His love.

If this does not humble you, there is nothing on earth which will do it. Dwell upon what God has
undertaken for you. Dwell upon the choice and worthy gifts which He has bestowed on you. Dwell
upon that eternal glory and happiness which He has prepared for you—and then be proud if you can.
J. C. Philpot

Psalm 139:1-5 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

“It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.” Francis Bacon

TOZER EDITORIAL: OUR CHRISTIAN OBLIGATION TO CARE

Whether or not the Christian should separate himself from the world is not open to debate. The question has been settled for him by the Sacred Scriptures, an authority from which there can be no appeal.

The New Testament is very plain: “They are not of the world,” said our Lord, “even as I am not of the world.” James wrote, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” John said, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Such teaching as this would appear to be plain enough, and there should be no doubt about what is intended. But we must never underestimate the ability of the human mind to get itself lost on a paved highway in broad daylight. Some well-intentioned souls have managed to get themselves confused about their relation to the world and have sought to escape it by hiding from it. They read into the biblical command to separate from the world the idea of complete withdrawal from all human activities and seek peace of heart by cutting themselves off, as far as possible, from the great stream of human life and thought. And that is not good.

We human beings were made for each other, and what any of us is doing at any time cannot be a matter of indifference to the rest of us. On the human plane all men are brothers. The Son of Man never denied this sweet tie with humankind. Over a stubborn and sinful Jerusalem He frankly shed tears and, in the hour of death, prayed for men who were so blind as to nail their God on a tree. And Paul, who burned always to be like his Lord, wept over the unbelieving Israel with an anguish that goaded him to an utterance so daring as to cause the ages to wonder: “I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.”

Peace of heart that is won by refusing to bear the common yoke of human sympathy is a peace unworthy of a Christian. To seek tranquility by stopping our ears to the cries of human pain is to make ourselves not Christians but a kind of degenerate stoic having no relation either to stoicism or Christianity.

We Christians should never try to escape from the burdens and woes of life among men. The hermit and the anchorite sound good in poetry, but stripped of their artificial romance, they are not good examples of what the followers of Christ should be. True peace comes not by a retreat from the world but by the overpowering presence of Christ in the heart. “Christ in you” is the answer to our cry for peace. The Salvation Army lassie distributing gospel literature in a saloon is a better example of the separated life than a prim and cold-faced saint who has long ago fled the world to take refuge in the barren caverns of her soul.

The testimony of the true follower of Christ might well be something like this: The world’s pleasures and the world’s treasures henceforth have no appeal for me. I reckon myself crucified to the world and the world crucified to me. But the multitudes that were so dear to Christ shall not be less dear to me. If I cannot prevent their moral suicide, I shall at least baptize them with my human tears. I want no blessing that I cannot share. I seek no spirituality that I must win at the cost of forgetting that men and women are lost and without hope. If in spite of all I can do they will sin against light and bring upon themselves the displeasure of a holy God, then I must not let them go their sad way unwept. I scorn a happiness that I must purchase with ignorance. I reject a heaven that I must enter by shutting my eyes to the sufferings of my fellow men. I choose a broken heart rather than any happiness that ignores the tragedy of human life and human death. Though I, through the grace of God in Christ, no longer lie under Adam’s sin, I would still feel a bond of compassion for all of Adam’s tragic race, and I am determined that I shall go down to the grave or up into God’s heaven mourning for the lost and the perishing.

And thus and thus will I do as God enables me. Amen

Tozer Editorial: Our Christian Obligation To Care, from Alliance Weekly, 25 November 1950

The Biblical Formula Is The prayer Of Faith

Hebrews 11 “By faith…”

In the eleventh chapter of Hebrews we have a long list of benefits which faith brings to its possessors: justification, deliverance, fruitfulness, endurance, victory over enemies, courage, strength and even resurrection from the dead. And everything that is attributed to faith might with equal truth be attributed to prayer, for faith and true prayer are like two sides of the same coin. They are inseparable.

Men may, and often do, pray without faith (though this is not true prayer), but it is not thinkable that men should have faith and not pray. The biblical formula is The prayer of faith. Prayer and faith are here bound together by the little preposition of, and what God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Faith is only genuine as it eventuates into prayer.

When Tennyson wrote More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, he probably uttered a truth of vaster significance than even he understood. While it is not always possible to trace an act of God to its prayer-cause, it is yet safe to say that prayer is back of everything that God does for the sons of men here upon earth. One would gather as much from a simple reading of the Scriptures.
“The Biblical Formula Is The prayer Of Faith” is taken from A. W. Tozer Editorial, What Profit In Prayer

More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.
Wherefore, let thy voice rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats that nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer both for themselves and those who call them friends?
For so the whole round earth is every way bound by gold chains about the feet of God
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“Let us not fail the world and disappoint God by failing to pray.” A. W. Tozer

Your Bodies Are The Members Of Christ

Philippians 1:21a For to me to live is Christ,

I had always known that Christ was my Saviour; but I had looked upon Him as an
external Saviour, one who did a saving work for me from outside, as it were; one
who was ready to come close alongside, and stay by me, helping me in all that
I needed, giving me power and strength and salvation. But now I knew something
better than that. At last I realized that Jesus Christ was actually and literally within me;
and even more than that: that He had constituted Himself my very life, taking me into
union with Himself – my body, mind, and spirit – while I still had my own identity and
free will and full moral responsibility.

Was not this better than having Him as a helper, or even than having Him as an external Saviour: to have Him, Jesus Christ, God the Son,as my own very life? It meant that I need never again ask Him to help me as though He were one and I another; but rather simply to do His work, His will, in me, and with me, and through me. My body was His, my mind His, my will His, my spirit His; and not merely His, but literally a part of Him; what He asked me to recognize was, “I am crucified with Christ”,and it, is no longer I that live, “but Christ liveth in me.” Jesus Christ had constituted Himself my life – not as a figure of speech, remember, but as a literal, actual fact, as literal as the fact that a certain tree has been made into this desk on which my hand rests. For “your bodies are the members of Christ”; and “ye are the body of Christ.”
Charles Thumbull, Victory In Christ, Chapter 2

George Mueller: How Faith May Be Increased 2

Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”

When I first began to allow God to deal with me, relying on Him, taking Him at His word, and set out fifty years ago simply relying on Him for myself, family, taxes, traveling expenses and every other need, I rested on the simple promises I found in the sixth chapter of Matthew. I believed the Word, I rested on it and practiced it. I took God at His Word. A stranger, a foreigner in England, I knew seven languages and might have used them perhaps as a means of remunerative employment, but I had consecrated myself to labor for the Lord, I put my reliance in the God who has promised, and He has acted according to His Word. I’ve lacked nothing—nothing. I have had my trials and difficulties, and my purse empty, but my receipts have aggregated. I have received thousands and thousands of dollars, while the work has gone on these fifty-one years. Then, with regard to my pastoral work; for the past fifty-one years I have had great difficulties, great trials and perplexities. There will always be difficulties, always trials. But God has sustained me out of them, and the work has gone on.

Now, this is not, as some have said, because I am a man of great mental power, or endowed with energy and perseverance—these are not the reasons. It is because I have confided in God; because I have sought God, and He has cared for the Institution, which, under His direction, has one hundred schools, with masters and mistresses, and other departments of which I have told you before. George Mueller: How Faith May Be Increased 2 is taken from an old tract entitled Real Faith

“How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none.” A. W. Tozer