October 21, 2022

The Best of the Portals of Prayer

Read: Acts 2:24-32 // Psalm 29

“Agrippa said to Paul, ‘in a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?”
Acts 26:28

The Peril of Postponement

St. Augustine, in the early days of his spiritual struggle, prayed, “Lord, save me from my sins, but not just yet.” That made him even more miserable than he was before. Later, he came to the point where he prayed, “Lord, save me from my sins, except one.” That made him feel like the greatest sinner on earth. Finally, he learned to pray, “Lord, save me from all my sins, and save me now.” When he was finally led to quit postponing his complete surrender to the grace of God, he found his Savior, and that was the end of his struggle.
It may be natural to postpone the more disagreeable things in life, but why does a person postpone the salvation of their precious soul and say with King Agrippa, “in a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” It just doesn’t make sense. They folks rob themselves of living their lives with Christ, and if they persist, they will live forever without Him. Let us remember that God sent His Son into the world not to suit our convenience as sinners but to save our souls.

October 21, 1986

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