Charles Haddon spurson January 1, 1970 Scripture: Psalms 81:10 From: city Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 21


Opening the Mouth

“Open your mouth wide, and I will certainly fill it.”— Psalm lxxxi. 10.

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SOME have taken into consideration that ours text includes an allusion to a singular practice of reflecting favour which has been occasionally embraced by east monarchs. The is not a really long time back that a former Shah of Persia bade an ambassador, who was in good favour with him, open his mouth, and also when he had actually done for this reason the king filled it with pearls and gems of good value, which of course were a current to him. This certainly affords one illustration the the text, even if the passage includes no allusion come it. If us will yet open the mouth of our desire, God will give to united state mercies infinitely much more precious 보다 the rarest gems. Ns warrant you the if any type of emperor or king have to bid us open our mouths the we can have castle filled v diamonds, we should be an extremely sure to prolong them to your largest possible capacity, and also hence this custom might serve as a good enforcement that the text. Open up thy mouth wide, for God will not to fill it with secondary things, but will satisfy thee with divine mercies that exceeding preciousness.

ns think, however, the the illustration i beg your pardon we have mentioned is much fetched, and also I seldom prefer an explanation of a i of scripture which demands the advent of a really rare occurrence Illustrations are used in Scripture no to perplex us, but to render the teaching more clear. We will as such look to part commoner act of east life for the explanatory allusion. Those who have been at the tables that the Orientals understand that over there is another an extremely common custom which meets the case. The host, when you are at supper, will take the fattest portions of the lamb, if that happens to it is in the viand, and he will apportion them to you. That may even take up the fattest and also choicest morsels in his hand, and, questioning you to open up your mouth, that will ar them in it. This is a common practice that the country, and also lies at the bottom of many a Scriptural expression. “Who satisfieth thy mouth with an excellent things, so the thy youth is renewed like the eagles;” “My spirit shall it is in satisfied similar to marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall worship thee with joyful lips;” and also a great many other texts i beg your pardon I might quote, all allude to the custom. A man significantly beloved would certainly be request to open up his mouth wide that he might receive a very huge portion the the dainties prior to him.

i confess, however, that ns am not much enamoured with even this simile. I believe it to it is in a an important side light, but I had actually rather, after all, look to nature because that an illustration 보다 dwell ~ above a practice which is completely oriental, and is fixed relished by our western delicacy. Come v me, then, come the woods, where the songsters the the grove have developed their habitations. Look at the little birds in the nest: for there you have actually the text. They are newly hatched, and also unable to feeding themselves, and therefore they space wholly dependent top top the parent birds. When I have actually peeped right into their abode they appeared to me to be all mouth and also beak, with however faint trace of wing. If you placed out your finger, or dangle a worm near them, no attribute strikes you yet those gaping ravenous mouths! once the mother-bird bring food she never has to ask the tiny ones to open up their mouths wide; she only an obstacle is to to fill the great width which lock are fairly sure to current to her: appetite and eagerness are never lacking, they space utterly insatiable. If you want my text prior to your eye in living realisation, only picture a nest of small birds reaching up your mouths, and all opening them as wide as castle can. Rather of the poor tiny mother-bird that has been difficult at job-related to gather a scanty part for one of them, you have an boundless God filling all open mouths, and bidding them open up again, for he is able to to fill them yet many they might be, or however large their needs. The is that great Lord of ours of whom it is written, “He shall cover thee with his feathers and under his wing shalt she trust,” who now speaks come us, as little birds, and says, “Open your mouths wide, for I will certainly fill them.” the is at any type of rate a pleasing illustration of the text, even if the be no the exact idea which remained in the psalmist’s mind.

The message divides itself right into the exhortation and also the promise.

I. The exhortation is, “OPEN thy MOUTH WIDE.”

how are we to perform this? The precept relates come prayer, and also desire, and also the like; but there is here also an exhortation to work after a good sense that need. For what renders a bird open its mouth vast but its hunger? The young ravens cry due to the fact that they want food, and also nobody will ever open his mouth broad for spiritual blessings till he has actually a an extremely deep and solemn feeling of his need before God. Friend sinners will never pray till you understand you want something: why have to you? all the prayers offered by human being who have actually no wants room so lot vain complimenting that God. If you have actually no feeling of require how deserve to you pray? would you knock at the door the charity, and then phone call the great man that the residence that you need nothing of him? Is not that male an arrant trifler that rings the surgical procedure bell, however tells the surgeon that he has actually nothing the matter with him, and also does not require his care. Prayers that room not based upon a feeling of require are mockeries.

and also I speak this to christians too. You never ever pray, brethren, except when you space in need; and also rest assured as soon as you think you have actually no much more needs, you have actually lost the strongest motive because that prayer and the main aspect of strength in it. You might feel in ~ times that there is tiny to inquiry on your own account, and also you may rejoice that the Lord has actually filled you to the full for the time being; but then there room the demands of the church and also of the world, and also these should press upon your heart together if lock were her own. You cannot pray without a sense of need, that is out of the question. The man who involves you begging due to the fact that he has not a night’s lodging, or has not broken his rapid all day, how well he begs ; you perform not must send the to institution to learn the arts of mendicancy, his hungry belly makes him eloquent: and also so once a male feels he must have actually heavenly blessings or be lost; or as soon as he feels the being conserved he should still be maintained by day-to-day grace, or else he will start aside; or as soon as he feels that his job-related of faith and labour that love will be an excellent for nothing there is no the divine blessing, or when he feels that the church must have the anointing that the holy One, and that the human being needs a visitation native God: — when any of these needs solemnly weigh upon his soul, climate it is the he prays. The male does not open up his mouth broad till that is mindful of a great want, which just the lord himself can supply. I exhort you, therefore, dear brethren, come shake off the idea of gift rich and increased in goods, and having require of nothing, for this proud notion will strangle prayer. You room weakness itself, and also emptiness itself, and also a massive of sin and also misery, apart from God her Father, and Christ her Redeemer, and also the heart the indweller; and when you recognize this, climate you will open up your mouth wide. Airy notions around having got to a higher life, and being perfect, will make good gentlemen the you, yet will spoil you because that being beggars in ~ the mercy-seat. The mouth of dire requirement God always fills, however pride has brief commons, because that is it not among the proverbs the his kingdom, “He afoot filled the hungry with an excellent things; however the well-off he hath sent out empty away”?

Then, too ~ friends, following seek ~ an intense and vehement desire, for the mouth is opened broad only as soon as the desire i do not care intense. You know exactly how David says, “I opened my mouth and also panted.” You have actually seen a dog ~ a lengthy run; exactly how he was standing with opened mouth panting because that life and also breath. Oh, the we had desires after ~ God and divine things strong enough to make us for this reason open our mouth and pant! We might never have seen a stag in extremis, but I dare say David had. He had actually seen that in the fierce hunt, when it longed come lave its smoking sides in the water brooks and also to drink long draughts, and also he said, “As the hart panteth after the water-brooks, therefore panteth my spirit after thee, O God.” Nothing puts such power into prayer as extreme anguish that desire. Desire comes out of a feeling of want; and also in proportion as the need is overwhelming, the fervency the the desire will certainly be vehement. My brethren, we have actually not, because, although we ask, we use a kind of asking which is as though we asked not. One old Puritan says, “He that prays to God there is no fervour asks to it is in denied.” over there is a way of asking for a thing in i beg your pardon the human being to whom the request is made find it an extremely easy to decrease the request, but persons in dire requirement understand exactly how to put the case, for this reason that only a very hard-hearted person could say “no.” lock know exactly how to place their petition in together a means that the inquiry wins, no merely since of the correctly of the petition, but likewise because of the an extremely style in which it is put. We need to learn just how to pray with strong crying and tears, because that there are mercies which cannot be got by any type of other mode of supplicating. Did friend ever shot your small child through holding quick in her hand something the he wanted? friend wished to view whether he had perseverance enough to pull open your fingers one by one to obtain what he wished for; and you have actually shut her hand an extremely tight, and also tried his endeavours so lengthy that at critical you have actually seen the large round tear stand in his eye, and also then you have actually held out no longer. The tear opens up the hand. I believe that our heavenly dad exercises united state in the manner at times till he gets us best down come this— that us must have it, and we shall dice if we perform not have it, due to the fact that it is for his glory, and also we have his promise for it. Once we concerned that suggest we room where the Lord expected us to be, and having carried us there he offers us our desire, having already doubled the blessing by stirring us up come vehemency. Open thy mouth vast man! perform not play in ~ praying. Nobody is saved between sleeping and also waking, and nobody wins wealthy blessings by gift lukewarm. I have actually heard mothers say that a boy that “he cried all over,” and that is the right way to pray. Permit your totality man wrestle through the most High. “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” Deep necessity and urgent desire are two an excellent openers of the mouth in prayer.

To my mind the pith the the text may be compressed right into such words together these — questioning for huge things. Perform not restrict your requests and also pray through bated breath, however plead with the good God for an excellent things, such together it will be come his glory to bestow. In this point we too frequently fail. I remember praying prior to I taught in a certain provincial town, and also asking the Lord the he would allow at the very least one bad soul come lay hold on Christ. I went home to tea through a very worthy brother, and a good old Christian gentleman in ~ the tea-table stated to me very kindly, “I execute not understand what girlfriend did v your confidence this afternoon when you to be praying, because that you asked the mr to give you one soul, and the sermon was such the I observed no reason why it have to not it is in blessed to a thousand. I can not to speak ‘Amen’ to such a very narrow prayer together that. Why,” said he, “Man alive! through such a gospel together you were preaching, and such a crowd of people, girlfriend might as well have asked for a thousands souls as one.” I believed so too, and confessed the poor of mine prayer. Brethren, plenty of of us have actually made good mistakes, and have shut ourselves increase in the cells of poverty once our feet could have was standing in a huge room. We have actually laid down pipes too little to bring us a full current of blessing. We have half killed our prayers through tight-lacing them, also as foolish mothers death their daughters. Our cup is small, and we blame the fountain. The Israelites, according to this psalm, did not think in God together they should; they did not suppose their enemies to be pushed out, no one hope to be fed through the finest of the wheat. They thought their God was a popular God, prefer the gods of Egypt. They go not know what a rich, generous, great-hearted, large-giving God the is, and also so castle failed in asking, and also therefore they go not obtain the richest boons that grace. Christians have to elevate the scale of your praying and also enlarge your requests, and also never let that be claimed that they shed blessings specifically by failing to ask for them.

to ~ brethren and also sisters, we might well ask great things, because that we room asking of a good God, that fills immensity, who has actually all power, who has actually all blessings in his stores. If us were to ask him because that a world, the is no much more for him to bestow a people than it would be for us to give away a crumb. Once the bad widow provided her two mites she offered her all, and knowing she poverty one would certainly ask very small of her, and expect also less; yet when you ask that a king you do not mean two mites native him. That negative woman who said “Truth, Lord, but the dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from the Master’s table,” was much nearer the mark than many of us, for much as she valued the inestimable blessing i beg your pardon she sought, she reckoned it as being nothing more than a crumb together it came from God. The best blessings which have the right to yet be received through Jesus Christ, though us cannot compensation them enough, and they are beyond all calculation precious, are tiny in comparison through the unspeakable gift of his Son, i beg your pardon has currently been bestowed. Open up your mouth wide, for wide are the gives of love, and also boundless the wide range of the sovereign grace of so good a God.

besides his greatness, mental his goodness. The an excellent Lord delights to give, the does not diminish his possessions, yet affords that satisfaction. The sunlight is simply as bright, notwithstanding all his shining, as if he had stored up his light. It is the sun’s nature to shine, and it may too shine upon us as everywhere else; and it is God’s pleasure to distribution his goodness and bless his creatures, and also therefore we may well ask huge things indigenous one whose an extremely nature that is come scatter his fulness among the poor and also needy. Remember, to ~ brethren and also sisters, what he has already done for us. “I to be the lord thy God, which lugged thee up out of Egypt,” says he, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” view what he has actually done. Is the a trifle to have had actually all your sins forgiven, to have actually received a new heart and also a best spirit, to have actually been saved by the valuable blood that his to ~ Son? If we made ours prayers to scale, if they to be proportioned come the measure up of God’s previous favours, what great prayers they would be! i love a gospel ~ above a grand scale. I cannot be affected by each other to check out anything about it lowered, or cut down, not also the terrors of it. I am certain that those who make the end the punishment of the angry to it is in upon a smaller range must, ere long, to decrease the glory the the atonement, and bring down their conceptions of God himself, for they are all proportioned: however you and also I, that see every little thing to it is in grand, vast, infinite, ought to open up our mouths wide, to save our praying rather proportionate come the condition of things approximately us.

Remember, lovely brethren and sisters, what great pleas you need to urge once you come before God. Your main debate is the gift of his too ~ Son. Now, if girlfriend pray according to the plea, you will have Son this factor to consider to assistance you— “He that spared not his very own Son, however freely ceded him increase for united state all, how shall the not with him additionally freely provide us all things”? What a native is that— “all things!” her prayers cannot outrun those considerable words— “all things.” must you not open vast your mouth? would you employ before God the splendid plea of the atoning blood, and then come down to ask for pence and halfpence, as soon as you might as well have numerous riches? will certainly you ask because that -enough grace to store you the end of hell, once you might have grace enough to make you habitually reside in the suburbs the heaven? will certainly you ask come be beneficial to 2 or three, as soon as you could with the very same plea prevail to be a spiritual benefactor to hundreds and thousands? that deserves to be bad who has actually no desire to it is in rich, and also will not also take the problem to ask because that wealth. He that will not so much as open his mouth must expect no pity have to he starve. Oh, beloved, do not pinch yourselves, however ask the largest conceivable boons. Spread your many capacious net, because that the multitude of fish will fill it; dig the deepest pools, because that the rain will brim them; lug forth all her empty vessels, because that the oil candlestick be multiply till all room overflowing.

Beloved, let us ask an excellent things for ourselves. I perform not median let united state ask great temporal blessings: we might leave every little thing of that sort with God, and this is the limit he place to together prayer: — “Give us day by work our day-to-day bread.” having food and also raiment let united state be therewith content. However as for spiritual things, ask what friend will, and it shall be done depend you. Right here the treasury has actually neither lock no one key. The lid is taken turn off from the casket; aid yourself, and if you are straitened you room not straitened in God, you space straitened in your very own bowels. I beseech you, young Christians, perform not be satisfied with getting as lot grace together the human being you live with, that profess to be Christians; because that there room hosts the them that I would not prefer to risk my spirit with. I am no their judge, however I think, i think it will certainly be one extraordinary thing if they acquire into heaven. I know some an extremely loudmouthed talkers whose actions space not pretty at all, and the much less said about them the better. I typical some professors as soon as I speak thus. Members that churches, ns mean. Now, do not girlfriend young world make them your standard: get far past them. Outstrip the plain run that Christians, who space consistent, and no more. I would certainly urge you to seek far higher things than they possess. They are said to be “consistent,” despite I do not know what lock are regular with. They perform nothing the is grossly wrong, and also they space good, ordinary, respectable people, but regarding joy in the Lord, and being filled with the divine Spirit, and real faith— daring faith, and also love, and zeal because that God’s glory, and agony for the switch of souls, why, big numbers of really consistent world know nothing around these things except when they read around them in the Bible. Surely their problem is more consistent v membership in Laodicea 보다 in the new Jerusalem; your consistency is no consistency with the magnificent will, yet a miserable consistency v their very own dead-and-alive profession. Oh, you that are beginners in the divine life, ns pray you be not as your fathers. Bo not take any type of of united state for a standard. We are a good-for-nothing generation, taking united state all round, and there had need be a far better race springing up, the shall really believe and also act upon your faith, and so live depend God through an intenser, stronger, mightier life than many of us have ever realised. Open up thy mouth wide, young Christian, because that a large measure of the holy Spirit, and also for a mighty fulness the the life that God, that it might be in thee a fine of water springing up unto everlasting life.

open up your mouths wide, too ~ friends, and also ask good things for the church. The church the God, i hope, is in a much better condition 보다 she was some years ago, however we have actually not yet learned what it is to believe in good works gift done for God. There are still church which if they were to have actually half-a-dozen added to castle in a year, would certainly be intensely satisfied, if not overjoyed, instead of calling because that prayer and also fasting and humiliation since so couple of are brought to Christ. There space church members roughly us who execute not believe in many human being being converted at once. If the gospel were taught so that a dozen were brought in at one time, they would impute it come undue excitement, and also doubt its gift the job-related of the spirit of God, though we have the brand-new Testament, and also the acts of the apostle especially, to lead united state to mean such things. There room churches, to which if God to be to send a hundreds converts in ~ once, they would certainly not receive them, yet would placed them with a strictly quarantine; and you might be sure our heavenly Father will not send his new-born babes to places where they will certainly not be cheerfully admitted. Over there are details churches whose settings of testing and trying space such that the young lambs would certainly be take it to bits prior to they would gain into the environment-friendly pastures, and there would hardly be two legs and a piece of one ear left after they had passed the examination: the good Shepherd will certainly not send his lambs whereby such a people of wolves was standing gaping because that prey. Pray for the church that she may have actually greater belief in she God, greater id in the gospel which she preaches, better closeness the walk through Jesus, greater treatment to obey her Master’s precepts; and also then you might open your mouth broad and suppose to view the kingdom that Christ more totally come.

open thy mouth for this an excellent city. Who can think what a city we live in without desiring to be mighty in prayer for it? in ~ this minute Scotland is a land whereby religion has actually mighty influence, and I trace it greatly to the prayers of john Knox. His mighty pleadings v God anchored Scotland come the gospel, and she cannot acquire away native it. We have actually urgent have to pray for England in these evil times. Many are preying ~ above her, we had actually need come pray for her. The darkness thickens; among the learned it has blackened into Egyptian night, and amongst the illiterate it is together the valley of the shadow of death. Scepticism is descending ~ above us prefer a awful mist, chilling faith even to the an extremely marrow of she bones; and superstition like a feverish miasma pollutes the air. We have need come cry come the lord to carry out some good work in these days—to smite his enemies upon the cheekbone, and to send soon his power among his friends.

i think i have described sufficiently the the text means, ask an excellent things; however one an ext remark I need to offer, and also that is that many of us have actually need come ask because that enlarged capacities. It would be the no use to open up your mouth if you can not swallow what to be put into it, or if you can not digest the after you had swallowed it; and also there are numerous precious truths of the gospel which uninstructed believers might not digest if they knew them, and therefore there is great need the their minds need to be strengthened and also fitted to feeding upon strong meat. The cool truths of the covenant, the doctrines the election and predestination, the glorious truth of the immutable love of God, and also the indissoluble union the the saints v Christ, and their consequent everlasting safety, — all these are sublime matters which can not be appreciated by every novice, however require a spiritually educated mind to reap them. Hundreds of professors sneer at this eternal verities because they have not the spiritual cradle which can assimilate such grand soul-feeding meat. They repeat me of tiny conceited boys affecting come despise the diet the men because they themselves have actually no taste other than for sugar-plums and also sponge cakes. There are many mercies which persons ask for, and if God were to bestow them they would certainly not understand what to do with them: it would be like offering them a white elephant; they would certainly not understand where or exactly how to save it. Yonder brothers asks for more talent, and yet he does not usage what he has actually already. An additional brother begs the lord to make him effective in his work, yet he would certainly be top-heavy, and proud, and also exalted over measure if he were favoured through a little success. One guy craves the he might know, however his expertise would puff that up; an additional prays the he may feel, yet his feelings would certainly drown his faith. If we had more room because that the Lord’s gifts we should receive more. I have fifty percent a mind come exhort you to imitate the well-off fool, and pull down your barns and also build greater. He was a fool because he supposed to gather a keep of wheat and also grain that the earth, yet if you can build greater barns to hold the valuable grace which comes from heaven you will be way indeed. God will certainly not give you what you cannot obtain or put to healthy use. But, oh, pray come him, “Lord, enlarge my heart, increase my soul, and give me a nobler mind, more totally free from selfishness, less cramped with concepts of my very own consequence; do me much less important, much more loving, more careful for the souls the others, more ambitious because that thy glory, an ext intensely consecrated to thy word and also will.” While me hoards up its treasures there is no room for magnificent things, and the surest way for our enlargement is to revolve out the vile stuff. Tobiah’s furniture is in the chamber of the home of the Lord, and out it should go, and then there will certainly be room for the treasure i beg your pardon the master bestows.

II. The 2nd head is the promise. “Open your mouth wide, and I will certainly FILL IT.”

You might expect such a promise as that. You could not think it possible for the lord to say, “Open your mouths because that nothing.” It would not be according to his usual method of procedure. The does not set his servants praying and then say somewhere behind your backs, “they shall seek my confront in vain.” Tantalus belongs to the heathen mythology, not to the Christian’s experience. “Open your mouth wide, and also I will fill it.”

ns gather native this promise, first, that it is a 'promise just made to those who do open up their mouths wide. Some brethren never acquire their mouths filled due to the fact that they never ever open them to any kind of extent. Lock ask because that some little mercy, and they may gain it, or might not; there is no promise about such shut-mouthed prayers, but if they had opened your mouths wide they would to a certainty have had the mouth-filling blessing. With the human being it is, the less you ask because that the much more likely you will certainly be to achieve it, however God’s thoughts room not as our thoughts: through God the more you ask the much more likely are you to it is in heard. Half open her mouth and it may or may not it is in filled, but “Open her mouth wide, and I will fill it.” We always pray well and also successfully as soon as the heart of God permits us to was standing on elevated ground, and plead on Godlike terms because that blessings which for value, number, and also greatness are worthy that the boundless bounty the Jehovah. We room then handling God together he loves come be dealt with, for he is a affluent and great God, and also loves to it is in approached with good prayers and good requests, and when we draw near in that fashion us shall be fairly sure come succeed. I would encourage too ~ brethren and also sisters that seem to have failed in their supplications to enquire even if it is they might not have actually failed because their inquiry were also little. God appears to say come his servant, “Thou hast not asked enough. Come, man, thou arts trifling with me. Right here is my mercy-seat; i am rich, infinitely rich, and also willing to provide thee follow to thy desires, and thou arts asking me because that mere odds and also ends. Do not play v me in this way. Ask because that something i beg your pardon I have the right to feel a satisfied in offering to you— something worthy that a God.” “Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” need to not this thought significantly strengthen us when next we draw near come God in prayer?

Remember, too, the this is a promise given by one who can fulfil it and will, “Open thy mouth wide, and I will certainly fill it” is a kind of challenge. “See whether you have the right to ask for an ext than ns can provide you.” try whether your confidence can outrun her God. Check out whether you can expect much more of God 보다 he will certainly bestow. Take his promise and challenge him, and see even if it is he will run earlier from it. He promises good things and unsearchable, let your soul’s necessities impel you to ask because that the best conceivable blessings, and also see even if it is he will certainly deny you. “Prove me now herewith, saith the lord of Hosts, and also see.” Oh, if Israel had been in an experimenting mind what marvels would they have seen! exactly how would the home windows of heaven have actually been flung back, and also infinite great have been showered down! yet they were no in a praying mood. God motivated them to ask by the favour v which he had surrounded them, because that of old he had scattered manna about their habitations, and also from the smitten absent he had attracted forth flow streams. For this reason he seemed to say to them, “Oh, Israel, see how you space surrounded v miracles. Heaven and also earth room made subservient come you. Nothing is too tough for me: I open rivers in high places, and also fountains in the middle of the deserts. Believe in me, and act follow to the range upon which ns am exhilaration to you, and see whether i shall fail in anything.” also so the mr puts it come you, dear brethren, and it is no an north vaunt. He is no a male that he need to lie, or the son of male that he need to repent. Hath that said, and also shall that not execute it? “Open thy mouth wide, and also I will certainly fill it.”

Oh, what story I could tell right here of my very own experience if that did no seem prefer egotism. When I read, as I continually do, slurs placed upon our prayer-hearing, prayer-answering God, and also find that it has become a current opinion the there really is no together a thing as response to prayer ns feel indignant. Why, sirs, i am as sure that God hears my prayers together I am certain that girlfriend hear me. Come me the energy of prayer is as self-evident together the load of a substance, or the pressure of a engine power. The law of gravitation I could doubt, but the regulation that God hears prayer i cannot doubt. The wonder to me is that guys should stand up and assert that God does not hear prayer when they can not be an alleged to understand everything, and dare not case to have actually any very special acquaintance v prayer itself, such regarding qualify castle to calculation its results. Those that deny the efficacy the prayer never ever pray; nay, space not capable of offering common prayer. Why perform they speak for this reason positively? What carry out they know about it? exactly how dare they, as philosophers, speak dogmatically of the which they have never tried? I can say, and I execute say that honestly, that hundreds of times, about all species of things, I have taken my case to God and also have acquired the desire that my heart or something far better, and also that no by mere coincidence, together these objectors assert, but in a way palpably in reply to mine pleadings. There room multitudes that brethren and also sisters below who, native their very own experience, can bear the exact same witness. Yet a other gets increase who never ever tried prayer, and also says the is of no avail. We find it difficult to have patience through him. Exactly how does that know? that reminds me that the ireland prisoner that was brought up for murder, and half-a-dozen people swore that they had seen him execute the deed. “Your lordship,” claimed he, “I could carry ten time as plenty of that didn't see me perform it.” Yes, however that to be no evidence at all; and in the same means these people have the impudence to set up their concept on no better grounds than the truth that they perform not pray and God does no hear them. What is the great of such evidence? we knew he would certainly not hear castle if castle did not pray. Once he does hear straightforward men and also women, guileless people who, if they were put into the witness-box, would certainly be reckoned to be the finest witnesses a court could have, is their witness to go for nothing? and also others of us, who character, ns trust, would certainly bear united state through any cross-examination, — room we come assert the God has answered ours prayers, and also be prepared to die to prove our sincerity, if need be, and yet be told that males who have actually not tried it, and say the is no so, room philosophers, and are come be believed sooner 보다 we are? We might not it is in philosophers, yet we are honest men, and have done nothing to make our testimony unreliable. It is straightforward to speak to us fools, but hard surname prove nothing however the weak of those who usage them. Take Christians together a rule and also they are not much less sharp-witted 보다 sceptics; indeed, also when they have actually been fanatical, they have actually seldom claimed or done such unwise things as sceptical philosophers have propounded and attempted to carry out. However, small matters the what the ungodly say, the structure of God standeth sure. Oh, brethren, we will prove the strength of prayer an ext than ever. If we have actually asked and also had, we will certainly ask much more and us shall have more. If we have actually opened our mouths and God has actually filled them, us will open our mouths wider and obtain a bigger blessing. The really best means to put to rout the falsehood of these philosophic atheists is much more real prayer: facts are unanswerable.

Christian brethren, look at the promise again. “Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it,” and then price the question— just how will the Lord to fill our mouth?

First, he will certainly fill it v prayers. Execute you ever before feel as if you might not pray? execute not yield to the feeling, for then is the moment to pray. As soon as you can not pray you must pray. Hold your north mouth open before God, because that the holy Spirit to placed the prayer into it. I have come far from attempting to pray, and felt ns did not pray; and also the next time I have knelt under I have actually been an extremely fluent in prayer, and also yet there was more real prayer in my groaning and sighing and heaving heart as soon as I thought I failed, 보다 there was in the fluency that the 2nd occasion. Open up thy mouth wide, too ~ brother, and also God will fill it v petitions of an acceptable kind. The holy Spirit will offer you “groanings the cannot it is in uttered.” No prayer excels that in i beg your pardon the creature feels as if it can not pray and did not pray, and yet the Creator himself strives mightily within.

Then, open thy mouth wide, and he will fill it with the really blessings. He will certainly not just put blessings into your hands, yet he will certainly fill her mouth v them. That is one point to have the cup the blessing in her hand, and quite an additional thing come drink thereof. Countless a man possesses what he never ever enjoys: the fruit ~ above the tree is his own, however its sweet flavour never ever gladdens his mouth. As soon as the mr in love bestows a blessing that teaches us exactly how to gain it. He provides us the essence of the meat, the heart of the solace, the juice that the vine, the heart of the joy, not merely the legal claim to it but the actual enjoyment the it. This is the cream of the cream, the mercy of the mercy, the pour it until it is full of the mouth v the promised good. The lord will additionally fill ours mouth v praises. Open up thy mouth wide, and God will certainly fill it with songs, through shouts, through gratitude which can not be to express in words. Several of us understand what it method to have actually our mouths so full of God’s praises all the day lengthy that we have wanted all mankind and all the angels to assist us magnify the Lord. Open your mouths wide, then, and God will certainly fill them v prayer, v blessing, and with praise.

In conclusion, is over there not an extremely much the rebuke in this to many of us? Parents, have actually you prayed for the salvation of your children— vehemently and also earnestly? All her children? teachers in the classes, have actually you expected the conversion of all your children, and prayed for it? Preachers the the gospel, have you looked for plenty of conversions and also prayed because that them? Brethren who work for Christ, in any type of capacity, have actually you intended to see London convert to God, and also looked for it and worked because that it? In gospel fisheries us generally capture what us fish for; if us angle with a fly us may get one fish, yet if we know just how to usage the good drag-net, through mighty belief we shall take one hundred and fifty and also three good fishes, and for all the the net will certainly not be broken. Open thy mouth wide, brother, and be rebuked to think you hast not opened up it broad before.

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yet is there not additionally a word right here of consolation to the sinner? “Open your mouth wide,” saith God, even to thee, “and I will fill it.” What execute you want, sinner? ", I desire a little comfort.” execute not ask for it, brother. Ask for the lord Jesus Christ at once. “Open her mouth wide.” “Oh, I desire a little peace. Ns am so troubled.” do not ask for it, brother. Ask because that a totality Christ and also a perfect salvation now. “I want to feel some measure of impression under this sermon.” carry out not pray because that it, brother. Ask God because that a new heart and also a appropriate spirit outright, and also now. “Open thy mouth wide.” “Should I have actually it if i asked because that it?” the is written, “He that asketh receiveth; he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall it is in opened.” If thou believest top top the mr Jesus Christ, thou shalt have this unspeakably good blessing the being automatically saved; for “He the believeth top top the son of God on foot everlasting life.” “Open her mouth wide.” “But i am such a sinner.” open thy mouth, man: the promise renders no limit regarding who girlfriend are. “But ns am—I am—.” There, i mind not what you are. Open your mouth, man! open your mouth wide. If us were to gather together in one place all the tiny waifs and strays of London streets, and were come say come them, “Children, we room going to offer you a great dinner, and all you have to do is to open up your mouths,” I execute not expect one tiny hungry wretch would shut his mouth, or revolve away muttering, “I am no fit.” five dear, no! it is in you fairly sure the they would open their mouths if they were hungry, and also would need no pushing either: and so will certainly you too, if the spirit of God has actually made you hunger and thirst after ~ righteousness. Open up your mouth wide; believing that Jesus is the Christ; to trust your heart with him, and also ask now for instant pardon through his precious blood, and you will not it is in denied. Might the divine Spirit make you hungry, and also then your longing mouth shall it is in filled, and God shall have actually all the glory.