Psalms 119:89-176; Acts 15:22-16:5
Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage:
“Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto Thy statutes continually.”—Psalm 119:117.
A prayer is the shadow of a coming blessing. Therefore do we pray, because the blessing is coming. It is said that prayer cannot alter the purpose of God. Of course it cannot. It does not alter it, but indicates it; and since people are moved to pray this way or that way by the Spirit of God, it is because the Spirit knows the mind of God, and His movement to pray is a revelation of the mind of God to the praying one. Believing supplication is God writing His desires upon the hearts of His own children, with the intent to fulfill them. Is it not written, “Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thy heart?” It is not that God will give the desires of His heart to every man. No; but to that man whose heart is in such sympathy with God that he delights in God, and consequently desires what God desires. Then, when our heart runs side by side with the mind of God, our prayer is parallel with His purpose, and consequently it is done unto us according to our desire.
Now, I conceive that it is always according to God’s mind to hold His servants up. He delights not in their slips or falls…. God is pleased with the steadfastness of His chosen, He smiles upon the firmness of their standing. God would not have one of His people even dash his foot against a stone, and hence He sets the angels to guard them. If they do trip in their walk He is quick to restore them, for He cannot endure that they should lie in the mire. His joy is that we walk with Him in constant holiness; and He is ready to grant us this boon.
C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Bible, Vol. 3 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1962), p. 73.