To be continued.'The Warrior's Prayer' 30
The Warrior's Prayer, #30
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. (Psalms 91:1,2)
God alone can shield us so we are not touched by calamity, as in the Ninety-first Psalm.
But God will offer such protection and strength only to those whom He deems to be deserving of such intervention—those who are worthy in His sight.
The entire Scriptures point to the fact that God hears the prayers of the godly and delivers them because they are pleasing to Him. The doctrine of salvation "by faith alone" has been overemphasized to the point that the important scriptural concept of deliverance through pleasing God has been neglected grossly. One would think from today's sermons that it does not matter whether or not we make any attempt to please God.
If we please our Father by our conduct He will make a point of watching over us when danger threatens. He will answer our prayers because we are doing what is good in His sight. It is important that each Christian understand this, and watch and pray so God will count him and his household worthy of deliverance when the plagues of the last days fall on the world.
God will love and dwell in those who keep Christ's commandments.
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:23)
If God's plan for the believer is best served by his being imprisoned or put to death, then the Lord will be with His saint and give him peace and victory.
The warrior understands that if he does the will of God he will be fed with the hidden manna. He will be sustained by the Lord. He will be protected from the enemy. He will endure forever, like Mount Zion. It is not so with those who, although professing to be believers in Christ, lead spiritually careless lives and are indifferent toward the things of the Kingdom of God.
The warrior of Christ does not trust in himself but in God who raises the dead. When the enemy threatens, he calls determinedly and unceasingly on God in Jesus' name. Then the God of Heaven and earth bows the heavens and comes down to the aid of His servant who trusts in Him, who keeps all His commandments. God delivers him from all his troubles.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. (Psalms 91:14-16)
(from The Warrior's Prayer)