Can Jesus Christ see the agony of His soul in us? He can’t unless we are so closely identified with Him that we have His view concerning the people for whom we pray. May we learn to intercede so wholeheartedly that Jesus Christ will be completely and overwhelmingly satisfied with us as intercessors.
One way to recognize whether we suffer from this disconnection is to look at our concern for people who are dirty… people who are “other”… people who don’t fit the core group’s image. The ravages of sin are not pleasant–but they are what Jesus came to forgive and heal. “The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). Yet Christians often hesitate to reach out to those who are different. They want God to clean the fish before they catch them.
Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours.
The smallest pain in our little finger gives us more concern than the destruction of millions of our fellow beings.
Ignatius of Loyola
We must speak to God as a friend speaks to his friend, servant to his master; now asking some favor, now acknowledging our faults, and communicating to Him all that concerns us, our thoughts, our fears, our projects, our desires, and in all things seeking His counsel.
To play well the scenes in which we are ‘on’ concerns us much more than to guess about the scenes that follow it.
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.
Christians do not practically remember that while we are saved by grace, altogether by grace, so that in the matter of salvation works are altogether excluded; yet that so far as the rewards of grace are concerned, in the world to come, there is an intimate connection between the life of the Christian here and the enjoyment and the glory in the day of Christ’s appearing.
To be curious about that which is not one’s concern while still in ignorance of oneself is ridiculous.
Corrie Ten Boom
Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.
Jesus does not guard us from difficulty; he guards us in difficulty.
52 Weeks with Jesus, Harvest House Publishers.
Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.
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