January 12 Petition Mission

“My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches” (Ps 63:5-6).

“One night alone in prayer,” writes C.H. Spurgeon, “might make us new men, changed from poverty of soul to spiritual wealth, from trembling to triumphing. We have an example of it in the life of Jacob. Before the crafty shuffler, always bargaining and calculating…yet one night in prayer turned the supplanter into a prevailing prince, and robed him with celestial grandeur. From that night he lives on the sacred page as one of the nobility of heaven. Could not we, at least now and then, in these weary earth-bound years, hedge about a single night for such enriching traffic with the skies? What, have we no sacred ambition?…For wealth and science, men will cheerfully quit their warm couches, and can we not do it now and again for the love of God and the good of souls? Up, sluggish heart, Jesus calls!”