Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Godly Prayer of Thomas Brooks

In his book Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, Thomas Brooks prays for the reader in his Epistle Dedicatory:

"My desires for you are, 'that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in the inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.' (Eph. 3:16-19)  'And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.' (Col. 1:10-12)  'That you do no evil,' (2 Cor. 13:7); 'That your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge, and in all judgment.'  'That you may approve all things that are excellent, that you may be sincere, and without offence until the day of Christ.' (Phil. 1:27, 4:1)  That 'our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power.'  'That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.' (2 Thess. 1:11, 12)  And that you may be eminent in sanctity, sanctity being Zion's glory (Psalm 93:5); that your hearts may be kept upright, your judgments sound, and your lives unblamable.  That as you are now 'my joy', so in the day of Christ you may be 'my crown'; that I may see my labors in your lives; that your lives may not be earthly, when the things your hear are heavenly; but that it may be 'as become the gospel' (Phil. 1:9-10)."

..."My desires to you are--That you would make it your business to study Christ, his Word, your own hearts, Satan's plots, and eternity--more than ever.  That you would endeavor more to be inwardly sincere than outwardly glorious; to live, then to have a mere name to live.  That you would labor with all your might to be thankful under mercies, and faithful in your places, and humble under divine appearances, and fruitful under precious ordinances.  That as your means and mercies are greater than others--so your account before God may not prove a worse than others," (Kindle location 199-217).

"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices," (2 Cor. 2:11).