PROMISE – He has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor; he has sent me toheal the broken hearted and to announce … that the downtrodden shall be freed fromtheir oppressors. (Luke 4:18)
PRAYER – We will worship you and you alone if you will only rescue us from our
enemies.(1 Sam. 12:10)
PROMISE – You must worship only the Lord; he will save you from all your enemies.
(2 Kings 17:39)
PRAYER – You will keep on guiding me all my life with your wisdom and counsel;
and afterwards receive me into the glories of heaven!(Ps. 73:24)
PROMISE – For this great God is our God forever and ever.He will be our guide until
we die.(Ps. 48:14)
PRAYER – Give me sense to heed your laws.(Ps. 119:73)
PROMISE – Where is the man who fears the Lord? God will teach him how to choose
the best.(Ps. 25:12)
I was attending a meeting of students in the State of Washington on the west coast of
the United States.One of them said,
“I said “yes” to the Lord many years ago: what do you suppose is the reason that I’ve
retrogressed so much since then?I sometimes doubt that I meant it seriously at the
A tall medical student answered him; “Once there was a boy who fell out of bed.His
mother asked him how he happened to do that, and he answered, “Mummy, it
happened because I fell asleep too close to the place where I climbed in.”That is also
what happens to many Christians.When they are converted they think that they have
reached the goal.When one is converted, and says “yes” to Jesus, it does not mean
the end of a new experience, but the beginning of it.To enter the Kingdom of Heaven
through the gate of conversion means to enter into a world of riches.All the promises
in the Bible become your property.You have to find out what it means “For all the
promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen” (2 Cor. 1:20).You have to find
out; how rich you are.”(Amazing Love.)
PRAYER – Oh, don’t forsake me and let me slip back into sin again.(Ps. 119:8)
PROMISE – He is able to keep you from slipping and falling away, and to bring you,
sinless and perfect, into his glorious presence with mighty shouts of everlasting joy.
PRAYER – Lord, you know my heart; you know I am (your friend). (John 21:17)
PROMISE – The one who obeys me is the one who loves me, and because he loves
me, my Father will love him; and I will too, and I will reveal myself to him.
PRAYER – Surely you won’t be angry about such a little thing!Surely you will just
forget it?(Jer. 3:5)
PROMISE – I am merciful; I will not be forever angry with you.Only acknowledge
your guilt.(Jer. 3:12)
PRAYER – Oh, revive us!Then your people can rejoice in you again.(Ps. 85:6)
PROMISE – I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.
May and I were taking a walk along the cliffs.We had heard the day before an
impressive lecture on unconditional surrender to God.May used the time to scoff at
the lecture.I looked at her, and couldn’t help smiling.
“I would like to surrender to Jesus,” she said.“Actually I know the way, but when I
am on the point of saying “yes” a barrier seems to arise and keep me from
“Listen, May.Think back over the events of your life and tell me if you have ever
been in touch with spiritism.Have you ever been to a fortune-teller?Do you know
that when you do such a thing you fall under the spell of it, through whichthe way to
God becomes barred fro you?
May laughed in a mocking way.“As a matter of fact, I did go to a fortune-teller years
ago” she said, “but I did not believe in it.I did it only for fun.”
“May, suppose you were a soldier during a war.By mistake you fell into the enemy’s
hands by entering his territory.Do you think that it would help if you then said, “Oh,
excuse me, please, it was not my intention to come here; I just came by mistake?”
Once you are on their terrain, you ate at their mercy.Though you did not know it, a
demon has taken possession of your heart, and your life has fallen under his spell.
When you want to be converted he comes in between.St. Paul says in Ephesians 6:
12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers.”’The look of amusement had left May’s face, and fear was there instead.
“I’m not telling you these things to make you afraid, May.The wonderful thing about
it is that Jesus is the victor.He is far stronger than all the powers of hell.Ask the
Lord Jesus to go back with you to that very moment when you committed that sin.
Confess your sin, ask forgiveness,and give thanks for it.Then the door is closed and
you are free.Will you do it, May?I’ll leave you to yourself now.”
On the last night of the conference the leader asked if any would tell what they had
learned and experienced these weeks.May stood up and said, “I have learned and
experienced here that Jesus is victor.” (Amazing Love.)
PRAYER – Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thought.Point out
anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting
life.(Ps. 139:23, 24)
PROMISE – Whatever God says to us is full of living power:it is shaper than the
sharpest dagger, cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires with
all their parts, exposing us for what we really are.(Heb. 4:12)
PRAYER – You have seen the wrong they did to me; be my judge, to prove me right.
PROMISE – The Lord will surely help those they persecute; he will maintain the rights
of the poor.(Ps. 140:12)
PRAYER – Send me a sign of your favour.When those who hate me see it they will
lose face because you help and comfort me. (Ps. 86:17)
PROMISE – Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him.With them
alone he shares the secrets of his promises.(Ps. 25:14)
PRAYER – Help us for the honour of your name.Oh, save us and forgive our sins.
PROMISE – I will cleanse away your sins.(Ezek. 36:29)
Tomorrow I must make a short trip and pay the rent for my room.It is not a large sum
I need, but it just is not there.Those very fine, helpful friends, shall I ask them?
“May I not tell them, Father, that I need the money?”I pray.But the answer is plain.
It is a busy day: three meetings and several talks with people.Tired out, I return to
my room.My mail has come, twenty-six letters, the first to arrive in Formosa.There
is not time to read them all now, but out of the first one I open falls a cheque for 50
Pounds!(Not Good If Detached.)
PRAYER – O God, my God!How I search for you!How I thirst for you in this
parched and weary land where there is no water.How long to find you!How I wish I
could go into your sanctuary to see your strength and glory.(Ps. 63:1, 2)
PROMISE – I will bring them also to my holy mountain of Jerusalem, and make them
full of joy within my House of Prayer.(Is. 56:7)
PRAYER – Save me from being overpowered by my sins.(Ps. 39:8)
PROMISE – No temptation is irresistible.He will show you how to escape
temptation’s power so that you can bear up patiently against it.(1 Cor. 10:13)
PRAYER – Come with great power, O God, and save me!Defend me with your
PROMISE – The Lord is our Judge, our Lawgiver and our King; he will care for us and
save us.(Is. 33:22)
PRAYER – O God, don’t hide yourself when I cry to you.Hear me, Lord!Listen to
me!(Ps. 55:1, 2)
PROMISE – When you call, the Lord will answer.“Yes, I am here,” he will quickly reply. (Is. 58:9)
PRAYER – Yes, Lord, help us against our enemies, for man’s help is useless.(Ps.
PROMISE – In your day of trouble, may the Lord be with you!May the God of Jacob
keep you from all harm.May he send you aid from his sanctuary in Zion.
(Ps. 20:1, 2)
A great gate led into the camp of Ravensbruck.The gate opened, and we marched in
past the guards.
As evening fell, some of the women lay down on the ground.Betsie and I remained
standing; but then it suddenly dawned on us that we were to spend the night here.We
were to sleep out under the open sky.We lay down close together and drew our
blanket over us.“He giveth His beloved sleep,” said Betsie.I looked up at the stars
above us.He who held the stars in their orbits would not leave us alone.“The night
is dark, and I am far from home, lead Thou me on.”And then we fell asleep.
PRAYER – Ransom Israel from all her troubles.(Ps. 25:22)
PROMISE – In all their affliction he was afflicted, and he personally saved them.
PRAYER – I am in trouble – help me.(Is. 38:14)
PROMISE – I will arise and defend the oppressed, the poor the needy.I will rescue
them as they have longed for me to do.(Ps. 12:5)
PRAYER – Into your hand I commit my spirit.You have rescued me, O God who
keeps his promises.(Ps. 31:5)
PROMISE – I am … the Living One who died, who is now alive forevermore, who has
the keys of hell and death–don’t be afraid!(Rev. 1:18)
PRAYER – Be for me a great Rock of safety from my foes.(Ps. 31:2)
PROMISE – He will shelter Israel from the storm and wind.He will refresh her as a
river in the desert and as the cooling shadow of a mighty rock within a hot and weary
PRAYER – And now, Lord God, do as you have promised concerning me andmy
family. (2 Sam. 7:25)
PROMISE – The loving-kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting, to
those who reverence him; his salvation is to children’s children of those who are
faithful to his covenant and remember to obey him!(Ps.103:17, 18)