The Imminent Danger (Pt 19)

2. What we must do

Your part and mine is to watch and pray. Let us pray for ourselves, that we may be found waiting, with our loins girded up, and our lamps burning, that we may be prepared to meet His will in every event. Let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for His church, which is dear to Him as the pupil of His eye, for the spread of His Gospel and the extension of His kingdom, till His great name be known and adored from the rising to the setting of the sun, and the whole earth shall be filled with His glory.

Many splendid prophecies are yet unfulfilled, and He is now bringing forward their accomplishment. Light will undoubtedly arise out of this darkness. Let us earnestly pray for a blessing from on high, upon our rulers, upon the counsels of government, and upon all subordinate authority in church and state—that we may lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty, that religion and good order may be established, and iniquity be put to shame and silence. Thus we may hope to be secured, by the sure though secret mark of divine protection.

The Lord will be our shield, though many should suffer or fall around us. The very hairs of our heads are numbered. Or if, for the manifestation of our faith and the power of His grace, He should permit us to share in common calamities, we may rely upon Him to afford us strength according to our day. He is always near to His people, a very present help in the time of trouble; and He can make the season of their greatest tribulations into the season of their sweetest consolations.

John Newton:
The Imminent Danger and Only Sure Resource of Our Nation


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