Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication withthanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.--PHIL. iv. 6.
We tell Thee of our care,
Of the sore burden, pressing day by day,
And in the light and pity of Thy face,
The burden melts away.
We breathe our secret wish,
The importunate longing which no man may see;
We ask it humbly, or, more restful still,
We leave it all to Thee.
That prayer which does not succeed in moderating our wish, in changingthe passionate desire into still submission, the anxious, tumultuousexpectation into silent surrender, is no true prayer, and proves that wehave not the spirit of true prayer. That life is most holy in which thereis least of petition and desire, and most of waiting upon God; that inwhich petition most often passes into thanksgiving. Pray till prayer makesyou forget your own wish, and leave it or merge it in God's will. TheDivine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain thegood things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them;not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we becomestrong to meet it.
F. W. ROBERTSON.