OVERCOMING SIN BY PRAYER
“There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness, I am utterly bowed down and prostrate” (Ps 38:3-6 ESV).
“If you would not be taken in any of Satan’s snares, then be much in prayer. Prayer is a shelter to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to the devil” Thomas Brooks (ref#379, p36).
“Take your temptation, drag the tempter to the throne of grace, and you are safe! Communion with God will put to flight all the hosts of hell” Octavius Winslow (ref#381, p44).
“If you would not be taken with any of Satan’s snares and devices, then keep up your communion with God. A soul high in communion with God may be tempted but will not easily be conquered. Communion with God furnisheth the soul with the greatest and the choicest arguments to withstand Satan’s temptations. Communion is a reciprocal exchange between Christ and a gracious soul” Thomas Brooks (ref#379, p35).
“[A] neglected prayer life is the beginning of all spiritual decline. [T]he affections have been set on the things of earth, instead of on the things of heaven” Charles Spurgeon (ref#34, Aug 11th AM).
“[I]f you fall from your communion with God, you will, as others do, fall before the face of every temptation” Thomas Brooks (ref#379, p35).