the relation of trust to prayer

Prayer doesn’t stand alone.

It’s not an isolated duty, or some independent principle. It lives in association with other Christian duties, is wedded to other principles, and is a partner with other graces of the Spirit. But prayer is inseparably joined to faith. Faith gives prayer color and tone, shapes its character, and secures its results.

Trust is simply faith that has become absolute, confirmed, and completed. When you get to the basics of the matter, there is a sort of uncertain undertaking in faith and its exercise. But trust is firm belief…it’s faith in full bloom. Trust is a conscious act, and one that we’re aware of. According to the scriptural concept, it is the eye of the new-born soul, and the ear of the soul that has been renewed.

Trust, like life, is feeling…but much, much more than feeling. An unfelt life is a contradiction in terms, and an unfelt trust is just as contradictory. Trust is the most felt of all attributes. It is all feeling, and it works only by love.

An unfelt love is just as impossible as an unfelt trust. The trust that I am speaking of here is a deep conviction. Is there anything more absurd than an unfelt conviction?

Trust sees God doing things here and now. But even more, it rises to a high place, and looking into the invisible and eternal realizes that God has done things — and regards what God will do as already done. Trust brings eternity into the history and happenings of our times, and transforms the substance of our hope into realization, and changes God’s promises into present possessions. We know when we trust just like we know when we see, just like we are conscious of our sense of touch.

Trust sees, receives, holds. Trust is its own witness.


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