BLESSED are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness," said Jesus, "for they shall be filled." On another occasion he said to his disciples, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." From a study of these two statements of our Master, it may be assumed that he considered that two conditions essential for effectual prayer were the desire for spiritual good and the realization of what God has already bestowed on man. When these two conditions are fulfilled, and one understands both the nature of his need and the infinite wealth of God's supply, an individual reaches the point at which demonstration is attained; in other words, his prayer is answered.

The prayer of Solomon was an example of this. "Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart," he prayed; and immediately on account of the purity of his desire, there came into his consciousness the realization that God had given him "a wise and an understanding heart."

Going On from the Sunday School
May 14, 1932

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