Thou Wilt Not Send Me Away Empty

But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19

Beloved, whenever we are on our knees in prayer, it becomes us to bless God that prayer has been answered so many times before. Here Thy poor petitioner bends before Thee to ask again, but ere he asks he thanks Thee for having heard him so many times before. I know that Thou hearest me always, therefore do I continue still to cry to Thee. My thanksgivings urge me to make fresh petitions, encouraging me in the full confidence that Thou wilt not send me away empty. Why, many of the mercies which you possess today, and rejoice in, are answers to prayer. They are dear to you because, like Samuel, whom his mother so named because he was “asked of God,” they came to you as answers to your supplications. When mercies come in answer to prayer they have a double delight about them, not only because they are good in themselves, but because they are certificates of our favour with the Lord. Well, then, as God has heard us so often and we have the proofs of His hearing, should we ever pray with murmurings and complainings? Should we not rather feel an intense delight when we approach the throne of grace, a rapture awakened by sunny memories of the past?~ C.H. Spurgeon


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