Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ask, and it shall be given you....

Pray for Japan"God in his providence often prevents the fears, and outdoes the hopes, of his people. Let us from this story [Esther] infer, as our Saviour does from the parable of the unjust judge, an encouragement to pray always to our God, and not faint, Luke 18:6-8. Hear what this haughty king says (What is thy petition, and what is thy request? It shall be granted thee), and say shall not God hear and answer the prayers of his own elect, that cry day and night to him? Esther came to a proud imperious man; we come to the God of love and grace. She was not called; we are: the Spirit says, Come, and the bride says, Come. She had a law against her; we have a promise, many a promise, in favour of us: Ask, and it shall be given you. She had no friend to introduce her, or intercede for her, while on the contrary he that was then the king's favourite was her enemy; but we have an advocate with the Father, in whom he is well pleased. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace."
Matthew Henry on Esther 5


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2 comments:

  1. hello! Stopping by from Serenity now! I love this story, its a constant reminder to me that He answers my prayers, this week was the perfect example in my own life! Thanks for this!
    Come say hi when you get a chance!
    http://chasingmynoah.blogspot.com/2011/04/these-are-moments.html

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  2. LOVE that last quote from Hebrews!!! An excellent reminder to "lean not on my own understanding."

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. Hope you'll visit me at Serenity Now again soon. :)

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