ON HOW TO PRAY
At the last meeting, a girl asked,
you give us additional helpful pointers on how to pray?”
“Prayer is so important!” said
Larry. “Not only do we need to carefully study the Bible, but we also need to
pour out our hearts to Him. In order to have close contact with God, we must
have something to say to Him concerning our actual life.
“Prayer is the opening of the heart
to God as to a friend. Not that it
is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable
us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to
“Our heavenly Father waits to bestow
upon us the fullness of His blessing. What a wonder it is that we pray so
little! God is ready and willing to hear the sincere prayer of the humblest of
“What can the angels of heaven think
of poor helpless human beings, who are subject to temptation, when God’s heart
of infinite love yearns toward them, ready to give them more than they can ask
or think, and yet they pray so little and have so little faith?
“The darkness of the evil one
encloses those who neglect to pray. The whispered
temptations of the enemy leads them to sin; and it is all because they do not
make use of prayer. Yet prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock
heaven’s storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of
“Oh, yes, I want to pray more!”
a girl. “How can I make sure my prayers are heard?”
“Another important question,” said
Larry. “There are certain conditions upon which we may expect that God will
hear and answer our prayers:
“One is that we feel our need of
help from Him. If we regard iniquity in our hearts, if we cling to any known
sin, the Lord will not hear us; but the prayer of the sincerely sorry, repentant
soul is always accepted. When all known wrongs are righted, we may believe that
God will answer our petitions.
“Another element of prevailing
prayer is faith. When our prayers seem not to be answered, we must cling to
the Bible promises; for the time of answering will surely come, and we shall
receive the blessing we need most. But it is presumptuous to think that prayer
will always be answered in the very way and for the particular thing that we
“When we come to God in prayer, we
should have a spirit of love and forgiveness in our own hearts.
“Perseverance in prayer has been
made a condition of receiving. We must keep praying if we would grow in faith
Another student asked, “Where
should we pray?”
“Well, that’s a practical
question,” said Larry. “We touched on it before, but here are some more
“We should pray in the family
circle, with others, and in religious meetings. But above all we must not
neglect secret prayer, for this is the life of the soul. Family or public
prayer alone is not sufficient. Secret prayer is to be heard only by the
“As we mentioned earlier, there
is no time or place in which it is inappropriate to offer up a petition to God.
In the crowds of the street, in the midst of a business appointment, while
working in the kitchen, driving a truck, or building a house, we may send up a
petition to God and plead for divine guidance.
“Let the soul be drawn out and
upward to God in prayer. As we do this, the Lord gives us a breath of the
“We may keep so near to God that in
every unexpected trial our thoughts will turn to Him as naturally as the flower
turns to the sun. Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your
fears before God. You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him. He is not
indifferent to the wants of His children.
“There’s another point it would be good
to mention before we conclude this meeting,” said Larry.
“We all need time to pray and
worship together. As you go through life, make sure you are meeting with others
to study God’s Word together and worship Him. We need to take time to
strengthen and encourage one another in the service of God. By speaking to one
another of the love of God and the precious truths of redemption, we are all
“We must gather about the cross.
Christ and Him crucified should be the theme of contemplation, of conversation,
and of our most joyful emotion. We should keep in our thoughts every blessing we
receive from God; and, when we realize His great love, we should be willing to
trust everything to the hand that was nailed to the cross for us.
“Oh, and something else which is
very important,” said Larry.
“Last but not least, we must take
time to praise God. As you go through the day,
talk to Him; and thank Him for the birds and plants and trees, for your body
which functions adequately. Thank Him for your beating heart, your hands, your
feet and mind.
“It is a fact that the soul ascends
nearer to heaven on the wings of praise. As we express our gratitude to God, we
are doing what the angels which stand around His throne in heaven are doing.
“We mentioned earlier that there’s
a Bible passage about praying without ceasing [1 Thessalonians 5:17].
There’s also one about thanking God without ceasing [1 Thessalonians 2:13].
Thankfulness to God is extremely important in the Christian life! It
powerfully strengthens you, even in the midst of problems.”
“What should I do when I am tempted
to question God or doubt His Word?” asked a
girl near the front.
“Well, that’s important also,”
said Larry. “Many are at times troubled with the suggestions of skepticism.
God never asks us to believe without giving sufficient evidence upon which to
base our faith. Disguise it as they may, the real cause of doubt and
skepticism, in most cases, is the love of sin. We must have a sincere desire to
know the truth and a willingness of heart to obey it.
“Every one of us in this room has
encountered the devastating blast of evolutionary atheism. It is in books and
“Within the next few years, all of
us will be adults and many will get married. All through our adult years, we
will encounter repeated temptations to question the Word of God or doubt God’s
“But we must resolutely reject every
doubt. Make it a rule of your life to never question God’s Word,—and
never doubt God’s goodness! The Bible is always safe.
“Settle it in your mind that God
always does good. He never does anything wrong or bad. All the problems
come from the devil or from our or others’ mistakes or sins.
“Never, never doubt God! Never
blame Him for anything that happens! Never stop being appreciative for all
He’s done for you and all He is going to do for you now and through all
eternity to come. If you will stick by this rule, your future will be bright.”
And with that, the last meeting of the
school term drew to an end.
TO AN END
There were a lot of sad hearts in May.
School was ending for the year; and everyone was about to depart, most of them
to faraway places. Some would not be returning the next year.
And everyone was sorry to learn that
they might not see Larry Grant again. His humble, unselfish efforts to help
them were deeply appreciated.
As they walked along the campus, Peter
said, “What are we going to do next year without you?”
“I agree,” chimed in Skip. “It
won’t be the same place without Larry.”
“Honestly, friends, I’ll miss you
too,” agreed Larry. “But I can tell you what you’ll be doing.”
“What’s that?” asked Skip.
“You’ll be helping others, just as
we did while we were here together.”
“Actually, you’re right,” said
Peter thoughtfully. “And in helping others, we won’t miss one another as
“It works that way,” said Larry.
“Wherever we find ourselves, if we’re trying to help someone else, our own
hearts are made happier in the Lord. We also make new friends in the process.
“This world is the training ground
for heaven. From day to day, God gives us assignments down here. As we
faithfully fulfill them, we are drawn closer to the atmosphere of heaven.
“Then, someday, Christ will return
the second time and take us all to heaven; and we will be able to carry out more
assignments for Him up there.
“Following the Lamb down here is the
preparation for following the Lamb up in heaven [Revelation 14:4].
“Hey, look whose there!” Turning,
they saw Barbara and Jenny coming toward them.
“Now, you know, you’re not really
supposed to leave!” said Barbara. “I’ve said it, and that’s the way it
Everyone laughed at this.
“I wish it could be so,” responded
Larry, “but my folks will arrive here tomorrow. We’ll pack my belongings and
be heading out.
“Where will you be going?” asked
“I’m not really sure yet,”
replied Larry. “I won’t know till they get here. It will be wherever my
Dad’s next government grant takes him to.”
“Well, we’ll all miss you,” said
Barbara, with a little different tone in her voice than Larry had ever noticed
“I know you will.” I’ll miss you
FORTY-ONE: ARRIVAL FROM INDIA
“Oh, how good to have you back!”
cried Larry, as he ran out of the lobby of the dorm, down the stairs into the
arms of his parents, Len and Ruby Grant.
“How good to see you, Son,” said
“You sure have grown!” said Mrs.
Grant. During that year Larry had entered his growth spurt. In the preceding
year, he had grown from 5 foot, 6 inches to 6 foot, 1 inch.
“You’re almost as tall as I am
now!” said Larry’s father.
“All our belongings are being
shipped from India and from storage in the states directly to my next
assignment. We have till tomorrow afternoon before we will leave,” explained
“Yes,” added Mrs.
“we’re staying in one of the guest rooms; and everyone here acts like
we’re their long-lost friends!”
“Well, good, let me show you around
the campus!” said Larry. “You can meet some of my many friends.”
Together, they strolled around the
campus that morning, and again throughout the afternoon. There was opportunity
to meet with many students and faculty members. Indeed, everyone seemed very
interested in meeting Larry’s parents and telling them about the events of the
school year which had just ended. In the library, Larry introduced his folks to
Miss Stevenson. She was very glad to see them, and they talked for a time.
That evening, Larry took his parents
over to see the Oliver’s.
“I am so very glad to meet you!”
said Mr. Oliver as they entered. “This is my wife, Karen. Just call me Ned.”
The four of them sat and talked for
quite some time. Larry was happy to have his folks meet the Olivers, but he did
not say a lot. He would rather that they visit and enjoy one another. Larry knew
he would be with his folks in the forthcoming weeks and months. Besides, Larry
was not the type to talk much about his own achievements, and they had been many
that school year.
When they got back to the boys’ dorm
that evening, Larry’s father decided to go for a walk before bedtime. It was
not until over an hour later that he arrived back in the guest room where they
were staying. Mrs. Grant was already asleep.
The next morning, Len
father, said, “Son, why don’t we go for a walk together, just the two of
“That’s fine with me,” said Mrs.
Grant. “I’ve been helping Peter and Skip with their packing. I’ll see you
when you get back.”
As the two walked along, from time to
time someone would stop them, in order to say good-bye to Larry.
Eventually, they found themselves
walking down the path to the overlook. “Here’s a good place to sit down,
Larry,” said Mr. Grant.
Larry could not help recalling to
himself the last time he was here, when the witch tried to quietly creep up on
him. But, fortunately, those days were past. There was not a spiritualist on the
For some time, the two of them sat there
watching the ocean waves below. Larry was so happy to be with his folks again.
“Larry, I would like to talk with you for a few minutes.”
“Sure, Dad,” replied Larry.
“I’ve done a lot of thinking in
the last year in India. I’ve had opportunity to see other religions in action,
and I’ve compared it with what I know of Christianity.
“But, Son, I’ve been especially
impacted in the last twenty-four hours. Your many friends have told me a lot
about what went on this year and—.” Mr. Grant’s voice trailed off.
“And, Son, I—, I went for a walk
last night . . And I gave my life to Christ.”
At this, Mr.
Grant began weeping. And
Larry wept too.
Grant said, “I
really admire your Christian experience and what you did this past year. I want
this kind of life myself. It’s true that I’m a highly educated, trained
“But now I want to become educated
in the things of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. I want that with all my
heart!” Another pause, as Larry sat there silently.
“And I know that this coming year,
working together, we’re going to do it together.”
“I love you, Dad,” said Larry
softly. “And I am so happy, so happy.”
Back in the guest room, Len
the news to his wife,
“Oh, Len, I’m so glad!” cried
Larry’s mother. “You know I’ve been praying for this moment for years!”
Later that afternoon, as the packing was
almost done, Peter and Skip gave each other a knowing look; and, turning to
Larry, they said, “Uh, Larry, we’ve got something to tell you.”
“What’s that, friends?”
responded Larry. Something was up.
“Skip and I are going to room
together next year, and we’ll be in this same corner room,” said Peter.
“And guess what?”
“What are you two up to?” asked
“Since you can’t take them with
you, we’re going to keep that feeding station and continue feeding your
“You really are buddies!” said
“We’re really going to miss
you,” said Skip.
“Yes, both of us,” added Peter.
“You never know,” said Larry.
“We may get together and work on a project someday, some place else.”
“Yes,” they agreed, “You never
“Well, it’s time to head out,” said
“Where are we headed to this
“I just received word from
Washington,” replied his father. “We’re headed West. The contract involves
a secret government project.”
“Great!” responded Larry.
“I wonder what kind of excitement
we’ll get into there?”
Grant thought about that a
minute. “Well, Larry, with you with us, it ought to be quite a bit.”
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