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"Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." We should always try to realize that everything we undertake should be saturated with Spirit prayer, and thoroughly understand ourselves, to be sure that it is not ourselves, but God, who is the actor, else it cannot come come to pass. Isaiah (65:24), telling of what shall come to the "blessed of the Lord," says: "And it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." When doubt arises or deep sorrow comes, it is then that the true Christian proves his or her loyalty. Turn your thoughts in that trial of yours to the night when our Master bowed in Gethsemane, without sin in himself, bearing all the guilt and shame of lost man, knowing there was but one way. He, the spotless lamb of God, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, must drink the cup of sin, shame, crime, disease, and death, to the last bitter dregs, that the curse of sin should be forever wiped out for the "whosoever." The powers of hell must be conquered, that we might through him be free from that power. With the bloody sweat falling to the ground, he prayed as never man prayed before—not to escape suffering, but that God's will might be done. "I came to do the will of Him that sent me." In that moment, when the voice of the "Overcomer" went up when flesh was triumphed over, angels stopped their songs and swept down to Gethsemane, obedient to the God of glory, to "minister to him." The devil shrank back with his angels affrighted—prayer had tri-umphed over hell, and death was soon to lose forever its sting.

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