To him who overcomes will I grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
— Revelation 3:21, MEV
When Jesus was upon earth, and walked a man among the children of men, he prayed, and oh, how earnest were his prayers! How often he spent the whole night upon the damp, cold ground, in agonizing supplication! And yet he was the beloved and sinless Son of God.
If Jesus felt the necessity of communion with his Father, and manifested so much earnestness... how much more should we, whom he has called to be heirs of salvation, who are subject to the fiery temptations of the wily foe, and dependent upon divine grace for strength to overcome, have our whole souls stirred to wrestle with God.
Precious Saviour! his grace is sufficient for the weakest, and the strongest must have his help or perish. A Christian has victory over his passions and besetments.
But how shall this victory over the world be obtained? Go to your closet, dear reader, and there plead with God: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Be in earnest; be sincere; Jacob-like, wrestle in prayer.
Do not leave your closet until you feel strong in God. Remain until unutterable longings for salvation are awakened in your heart, and the sweet evidence is obtained of pardoned sin. Then when you leave your closet, watch; and so long as you watch and pray, the grace of God will appear in your life.
We can overcome, fully, entirely. Jesus died to make a way of escape for us, that by prevailing prayer by his grace, we might overcome every temptation, every subtle snare of the adversary, and at last sit down with him in his kingdom.
— Signs of the Times, November 18, 1886
Feel the necessity of communion with your Father. Depend on divine grace for strength to overcome.
Go to your closet and plead with God: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Be in earnest, be sincere.
Do not leave your closet until you feel strong in God. Then watch and pray.
Overcome fully, entirely by prevailing prayer by His grace.