I have not used too many devotionals over the years, even though I have read quite a few books on prayer. Of those I have read, there are a few that stand out to me: “God’s Best Secrets”; by Andrew Murray; “Moments in Majesty” by Jack Hayford; “My Utmost for His Highest”, by Oswald Chambers; and the one I wish to mention in this article, “Smith Wigglesworth on Prayer”, a thirty-day devotional edited and compiled by Larry Keefauver (Charisma House Publishers, ISBN# 0-88419-439-b)
I came across this in a Christian Coffee shop in Black Mountain, NC., that also sells books. I had heard of Smith Wigglesworth, but did not know much about him. And, this devotional, has helped me have a “view into the heart” of this man of God.
Here are two things I like about it:
- Each day’s devotions are short enough to “prime the pump” for my times with the Lord, but not too long to distract me. There can be a real temptation with devotionals to use them as a “substitute” for our own time with the Lord, rather than an “encouragement” in our pursuit of the Lord. We should not allow anyone or anything to become a “substitute” for our own personal relationship with the Lord.
- Each days’ devotions are very personal, inspiring and encouraging. Here is an example from this small book, Day 2 in its entirety so that you can experience first hand its blessing:
Prayer Anywhere and Everywhere
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
When traveling by ship from England to Australia, these people came round me and said, “We want to know if you will join us in an entertainment.” So I had to go quietly to the Lord and ask, “Can I?” I had the sweetest rest about it being all right.
So I said, “Yes, I will be in the entertainment.” They said, “What can you do?” I can sing,” I said. Then they said to me, “Well, we have a very large program and would like to put you down to sing a song.” “Oh,” I said, “my song will be given just before I sing. So you cannot put it down until I am to sing.”
They said, “We are very anxious to know what place you would like to be put in the entertainment.” “Well, how are you going to finish up?” I asked. “We’re going to finish with a dance,” they replied. “Put me down just before the dance,” I said.
My turn came. A woman, half-dressed, no sleeves, no skirt, came to play for me. I gave her the music. “Oh,” she said, “I never, never could play that kind of music.” “Don’t you be troubled now,” I said, “I have music and words.” I sang:
If I could only tell it as I know it, My Redeemer who has done so much for me;
If I could only tell you how much He loves you,
I am sure that you would make Him yours today.
Could I tell it? Could I tell it?
I never could tell it. The people were weeping all over. The dance was put off. They couldn’t have a dance. But we had lots of prayer meetings. We had some fine young men give themselves to Jesus.
Prayer Principle #2
Pray anywhere and everywhere.
Pray this closing prayer today:
Father God, grant me the boldness to transform any place I am into an occasion for prayer. Amen.
Every once in awhile, devotions like this are helpful. May this also be a blessing to you, Beloved of the Lord.