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When the Burden Crushes

 (Octavius Winslow, "Evening Thoughts")


Prayer is a precious privilege to be enjoyed.
What! Is it no privilege to have a door of access ever open to God? Is it no privilege when the burden crushes, to cast it upon One who has promised to sustain?
When the corruptions of an unsanctified nature are strong, and temptations thicken--is prayer no privilege then?
And when perplexed to know the path of duty, and longing to walk complete in all the will of God, and, as a child, fearing to offend a loving Father--is it then no privilege to have a throne of grace, an open door of hope?
When the world is slowly stealing upon the heart; or when that heart is wounded through the unkindness of friends; or is bleeding under severe bereavement--is it then no privilege to go and tell Jesus?
Say, you poor, you needy, you tried, you tempted souls! Say, if prayer is not the most precious and splendid privilege this side heaven!
Cease to pray, and . . .
  your grace withers,
  your vigor decays,
  your comfort dies.
“Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace for help in time of need." Heb. 4:16

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