Have a Holy Urgency

Reading my little “How to Pray,” book by John Wesley, I really likd this one page titled “Have a Holy Urgency,” and wanted to share with everyone. Here it is:

“Strive to enter the narrow door.

Strive, as  in an agony of holy fear.  A promise has been made of your entering into His rest (see Hebrews 4:9-11).  Strive, lest you come short of it.

Strive, in all the fervor of desire, with groans that words cannot express.

Strive by prayer without ceasing.  At all times, in all places, lift up your heart to God.  Give Him no rest till you, like the Psalmist, ‘awake with God’s likeness’ and are satisfied with it.

To conclude:  strive to enter in at the narrow gate.  Strive, not only by this agony of soul, of conviction, of sorrow, of shame, of desire, of fear, of unceasing prayer.  Strive, likewise, by putting in order all of your conversation, your whole life, by walking with all your strength in all the ways of God–the way of innocence, of piety, and of mercy.  Shun all appearance of evilDo all possible good to all peopleDeny your own will in all things, and take up your cross daily.

Be ready to cut off everything that would hinder, and to cast it from you.  Be ready and willing to suffer the loss of possessions, friends, of health–of all things on earth–so you may enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

(From How to Pray:  The Best of John Wesley on Prayer, p. 17)