To stop praying from a wonderland and to enter the reality of requesting and receiving
“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,  (7)  And give him no rest, till He establish…”, Is.62:6-7 KJV

There is a time of establishment of a request made unto God. We may wonder about it, but we know that prayer and holy living, prayer and Emanuel-beings are impossible things to set apart. Therefore, many Christians pray because they want and feel the urging need to have both holiness and God within them. I do not regard this as wrong, but I know that the basic principle of all sinning is selfishness.

There is a wonder in holy nature that forgets about itself simply because there is a greater need somewhere – in fact, it does not even compare needs to find which one might be the greatest. All genuine Children of God just know as well that their lives are costly unto God and they, therefore,  take the greatest care to preserve it in all spotlessness for the sake of God as well. Once they take notice God preserves all they are through them, mingling that with the restless need to care for God’s glory too, people strive so that those who believe may never come to perish, seeing God so loved them that all Christians will render it possible that believing hearts keep living instead of perishing: they just know that believers may not come to die after their Lord has done so much for them, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish”. This means that the work of God in a believing heart may never cease and must become fully established. Paul says: “For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those that believe”, 1Tim 4:10. “Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.  (10) Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory”, 2Tim 2:9-10.

This is no wonderland. You should never leave people at believing, for they may get lost that way, and Christ died so they may not come to perish after they believe, and even “although the works were finished from the foundation of the world”, Heb 4:3. Jesus died for the world, yet only believers may never get lost – it is their imperial responsibility to stay alive in Christ alone. The narrow way has got the be suffered to the very end after the narrow door has been entered too. There is no way to stop but with eternity fully assured, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall”, 2Pet 1:10 – for they may come to fall even having heard and accepted the call, long after being elected and chosen so that the rest of the world may be saved through them and their testimonial reality of “the life that now is” too. Election might reach the lost, unchosen ones, just as well and as effectively as it did with elected ones. It happened with Ruth, with the Jericho prostitute and it happened to the Canaanite woman. Many are elected so the world might stand a chance to be saved too. “For we are come as far as to you also with the gospel of Christ… to preach the gospel beyond you…”, 2Co 10:14,16. The whole world might get a chance to believe and fall into their category of believers, if their lives are not mere melting lies and figure-living at church, because of the reality in God being shown forth with all readiness. If believers do not get lost along the way, fancying about God and reality alone, Christ died for the whole world too and the people around them will stand a chance to become believers of the kind of those who may not get lost as well. It is said of early Christians that “having favor with all the people, the Lord would add to the church daily such as should still be saved”, Act 2:47. May it be so with you.

His people are the ones to be saved from their own sinning through faith still. There has got to be an establishment of all that which God has said He would do in a real manner and way. Until then, none of us may take our rest because people have believed. We become restless ourselves concerning it, having found the rest there is still to be found by the people of God themselves, if we concern our hearts by taking God from His own rest until He manages to establish, still, whatever is there to be done, from within, all around us. Let it be said that, truly, “The kingdom of God has come…and is within thee”.

If I am bound to let none rest concerning such an issue, it means I am not resting concerning it myself. God puts things upside down so we may not look inside, into our own world and feelings all the time. We may think and believe it is God who should not rest, as long as we are disturbed ourselves! I used to take some walks sometimes with my sister's little daughter and because I want to teach her crossing the streets and watching out for cars both on the left and on the right side, I tell her she must hold my hand and teach me when to cross roads. She becomes responsible because she thinks she takes care of me. To this day she has not forgotten to be watchful in the streets.

Now, this may take people to work as if they belong and are in a wonderland where things seem alone. But never should any Christian give himself to such vanity thinking God to be the one who is to be awakened, for these are real issues concerning life and death, and God said we should not let Him rest at all because it might just take us from slumbering ourselves. The widow bothered a judge who, at the time, could kill her because of that and still be supported by his government if he did it, until he gave her the justice she needed so desperately. She cared very little for her life, was not concerned about working hours, or time tables, or whether she would be chosen during that day to be granted her request in office hours! She bargained not concerning it all and took someone from his sleep who could help her for sure, by not going to sleep herself. She went straight to the man, just like those who said to the disciples that they would rather “see Jesus”! She bothered and became known to that judge, as well as her request. Do you think that judge would ever forget that widow again?

Are you giving God rest? That is because you want rest yourself and believe things will be carried out somehow. Here, the doctrinal issues concerning election suits you very well - at least the way you come to interpret it anyway, so it may come to fill your greed for rest. People who do not bother, are of such a kind that would not be bothered themselves. But people who love to the point of never taking care to go to sleep themselves and be warm for a while more, care no more about their own living. These start despising the wonderland they are dragged into by so called preachers of the word as well! To wait upon God while falling asleep is to be foolish, even if you are a virgin – all waiters should be wide awake and bother God to stay so. Tell the Lord to wake up if it is you who need stay awake, Christian! When waiting is expectancy, none will fall asleep. If patience makes you fall asleep, bother God as an impatient man would alone and care not for the fact that your time will still come! Bother God and grant Him no rest until He establishes for sure. “His reward is with Him”, surely. He still needs to establish what He has given you as a promise. There is no impatience to confess in such times, no rules bound to holy knocking. Those blind men in Jericho did not care about whatever others said. They were discouraged, commanded and convincingly remarked to be quiet – yet they knocked even if the Lord seemed unwilling to hear them. The Lord said if you knock it must be opened somehow. Do it then. Establish things, and state too “I come to do thy will, O God (not to play)… that He may establish …”, Heb 10:9. If you take God seriously, you are serious yourself concerning Him. Make it work and care not how nor when. Let none who believe come to perish - even yourself. Amen.

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José Mateus
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