When you ask the Lord for patience, are you
sure you know what you are asking for? How is patience gained? “Be still and
know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Is it not through trials and tribulations?
To wait is the test for many who are impatient.
When you ask the Lord for the honor of
standing with Him, do you understand what is involved? He may require you to
stand and endure the reproaches of others even when you are right.
Have you ever wanted something so badly that
you asked the Lord over and over for it only to find that when you received it,
you found it to be a real disaster for your life?
Do you ask to serve the Lord in other areas
while not fulfilling those duties before you right now? “Those
who overlook the life duties lying directly in their pathway, who neglect mercy
and kindness, courtesy and love, to even a little child, are neglecting Christ.
“James and John presented by their mother a
petition requesting that they might be permitted to occupy the highest
positions of honor in Christ’s kingdom. The Saviour
answered, ‘Ye know not what ye ask’ (Mark 10:38). How little do many of us
understand the true import of our prayers! Jesus knew the infinite sacrifice at
which that glory must be purchased, when He, ‘for the joy that was set before
him endured the cross, despising the shame’ (Hebrews 12:2). That joy was to see
souls saved by His humiliation, His agony, and the shedding of His blood.” The Sanctified Life, 56.
“Jesus asked them, ‘Can ye drink of the cup
that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that
I am baptized with? And they said unto him, We can’
(Mark 10:38, 39).
“How little did they comprehend what that
baptism signified!” Ibid.,
Jesus said to them, “ ‘Ye
shall drink indeed of My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am
baptized with’ [Matthew 20:23], Christ declared—before Him a cross instead of a
throne, two malefactors His companions at His right hand and at His left. James
and John were to be sharers with their Master in suffering—the one, destined to
swift-coming death by the sword; the other, longest of all the disciples to
follow his Master in labor and reproach and persecution.” The Acts of the Apostles, 542.
Are you able to drink of the cup? Do you know
for what you are asking?
“How little do the young suffer, or deny
self, for their religion. To sacrifice is scarcely thought of among them. …
Self must be gratified, pride must be indulged. They forget the Man of sorrows,
who was acquainted with grief. The sufferings of Jesus in Gethsemane, his
sweating as it were great drops of blood
in the garden, the platted crown of
thorns that pierced his holy brow, do not move them. They have become
benumbed. Their sensibilities are blunted, and they have lost all sense of the
great sacrifice made for them. …
“Said the angel, ‘If such should be ushered
into the city of God, … they would have no sense of
how dearly that inheritance was purchased for them. They would never realize
the matchless depths of a Saviour’s love. They have
not drank of the cup, nor been baptized with the baptism. … Those only who have
partaken of the sufferings of the Son of God, and have come up through great
tribulation, have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the
Lamb, can enjoy the indescribable glory and unsurpassed beauty of heaven.’ ” Spiritual Gifts, vol.
2, 252, 253. [Emphasis author’s.]
Father, I do not know
how to come in or go out or even how to pray. I just know that I would like my
name to be written in the book of life. I ask that Your
will be done and that You help me to drink of the cup that will prepare my
heart for heaven.