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them: "the calves of the lips" (Hosea 14:2), or "the fruit of the lips" (Is.57:19) by which to indicate clearly the siscnificance of an offering which such prayer implies. From the account of the first fratricide we learn that there is an offering which God accepts and one which he rejects. And nowhere has it been more clearly shown than in Cain's anger and wrath, that with every offering the human heart awaits an answer calls

from God.

But it does not always come. And amid the sorrows of heart and the distresses of soul nothing is more grievous than this lack of an answer Hear the complaint of Job from the Lord, (30:20): "I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me; I stand up, and thou regardest me not." This is expressed still more strongly in Ps. 22, where the Messiah exclaims: "My God, my God, my God, I cry in why hast thou forsaken me! the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the Or as night season also I take no rest." it reads in Micah 3:7 "Then shall the seers be ashamed for there is no answer of God". The failure of obtaining an answer from God is by no means always the fault of the worshipper. With the Messiah at least this is unthinkable. Every one knows from experience that at one time he was heard in spite of an accusing conscience, and that at another time, when his prayer had been earnest and sincere, no answer came. In many instances, the hearing failed, because Withholding of prayer was a sin in our lips. an answer, on the part of God, can frequently be explained from the sinful mood of the heart during prayer. But sin on the part of a worshipper

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

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To be near unto God - pagina 326

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 628 Pagina's

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