C-L-O-S-E-R. That’s the “One Word” I chose back in January to give me direction for the year.
It has occurred to me of late that these letters might form a good acronym, or acrostic, with each of its letters standing for something that can help me draw nearer to God.
I got the idea while reading Brother Lawrence’s Practice of the Presence of God. The C world popped into my mind, and then an L word.
But for right now, just C.
Brother Lawrence mentioned several times that without God’s help he would fail. He said,
“I shall never do otherwise [than fail] if You leave me to myself;”
“Lord, I cannot do this unless Thou enable me…”
This post talks about how this is true for me, too. For all of us.
What to do?
Sensibly and simply, Brother Lawrence petitioned God for His help
He “trusted in Him” to help as His word promises,
He “begged” His assistance,
“praying for His grace with a perfect confidence,”
“relying upon the infinite merits of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
At the beginning of his day’s work he said… “O my God,… I beseech Thee to grant me the grace to continue in Thy presence; and to this end… prosper me with Thy assistance.”
Brother Lawrence needed God’s grace to succeed in this.
So do I!
So what to do?
CALL ON GOD to do what I cannot, to help, by His grace.
There’s the C word: Call (on God).
And not as just a one-and-done deal, but a constantly repeating one, to CONTINUE doing through the day.
So here’s my first and most important step to drawing CLOSER:
CALL ON GOD!
And for what do I call out?
Yesterday’s sermon nailed it, spot on, in its scripture text verses:
“My GRACE is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9).
“God is able to make all GRACE abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Cor 9:8).
His grace, manifested in His help, through the Helper, His Holy Spirit.