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goes on in each case. This is further demonstrated in Ephesians. In
Ephesians 1:19 and 20, we read of the 'mighty power' that worketh in the
believer, called in Ephesians 3:7; 4:16 'the effectual working of His power'.
This is set over against 'The Spirit that now worketh in the children of
disobedience ... children of wrath' (Eph. 2:2,3). 'The lie' to pseudos (Eph.
4:25; 2 Thess. 2:11) must be repudiated; the truth must be received and
The Word of Truth is 'effectual', but its working is not controlled by
mechanical rules, it works in the moral realm, it 'effectually worketh' in
them that believe. To unbelievers it appears as a dead letter, and its
rejection opens the mind for that other effectual working 'the strong
delusion' that believes 'the lie'. May we, in our ministry to others as well
as the application of the truth to ourselves, find it the effectual Word for
the child, making him wise unto salvation, for the 'sowing', proving it to be
incorruptible seed, for the upbuilding and blessing of all who receive it
with meekness and hear it with the hearing of faith.
Prayer, doctrinally and dispensationally considered
A study contributed by Stuart Allen
We are deeply conscious that, to have a share in the ministry of The
Berean Expositor, The Berean Forward Movement, and An Alphabetical Analysis
is not only a great privilege, but at the same time a real responsibility.
In the following studies we intend to dwell upon practical truths which the
Scripture indicates should be in the lives of all who love the Lord and the
high calling He has so graciously given us. We have the young believer
specially in mind, and while some aspects of the truth presented may be
elementary to those who are more advanced along the Christian pathway, we ask
such to bear with us so that those who are younger in the faith may grow in
grace and that we may all not only be rooted in Him (Eph. 3:17) but exhibit
that fruit of the Spirit which is so well pleasing in His sight (Gal. 5:22).
To the believer who is going on to spiritual maturity, there can
scarcely be a more important subject than that of prayer. Its importance can
be gauged by considering the pattern given to us by the ascended Lord Jesus,
viz. the great apostle of the Gentiles and his ministry (1 Tim. 1:16).
Even a casual reading of Paul's epistles cannot fail to disclose the
large place that prayer occupied in his life and witness. It is no
overstatement of truth to say that these were literally steeped in prayer.
No less than six times in his letters does the apostle declare that he prayed
'without ceasing'. On the surface this appears to be an exaggeration. How
could a man write such a passage as 2 Corinthians 11:21 -31, describe his
sufferings for Christ, his tremendous responsibilities, his untiring work,
that could have left little time for what we call leisure, yet declare that
he never left off praying?
If we limit prayer to drawing aside in secret upon our knees, and
pouring out our hearts to God, it is obvious that the apostle could have had
very little time so to do. But prayer, in its essence, is an attitude of the
new nature and the renewed mind to God. It is one that is constantly in