The glory of God and prayer

In anticipation of tomorrow morning’s sermon (on Paul’s doxology in Eph. 3), I was reading again in A. W. Pink’s work, Gleanings from Paul:  the Prayers of the Apostle.

He makes several helpful statements about the glory of God and its implications for prayer:

…we should be deeply concerned with the glory of God, that it should actuate and regulate us in all our supplications.…We should make the glory of God our one supreme and constant aim, we should ask only for those things which will promote His honor, and we should make that our prevailing plea in making all our requests.  “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name:  and deliver us, and purse away our sins, for thy name’s sake” (Ps. 79:9).

…the upright seek God because they delight in Him and desire communion with Him, and their love to Him makes them deeply concerned for His glory.…As Matthew Henry said, “When we come to ask grace from God, we ought to give glory to God.”…If God is spiritually viewed as the Fountain of all blessings, whose fullness is inexhaustible, whose resources are illimitable, whose benignity is infinite, then the soul cannot help but burst forth in the acclamation “Unto him be glory.”

…This is the ground of the saint’s confidence:  that God has joined together His glory and our good.  His honor is bound up in promoting the interests of His people “that we should be to the praise of his glory” (Eph. 1:12).  The possession which Christ purchased is “unto the praise of his glory” (Eph. 1:14).  He is “glorified in his saints” (2 Thess. 1:10).

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