“Stir up the gift of God which is in you.” 2 Timothy 1:6
How can this be done?
By looking as well upon your own great poverty and wants, as upon the riches of that grace which is in Christ for you, and so drawing near to God through Him in faith. But it is not enough to do this once for all, or now and then only. It is to be your daily work. One day’s omission may greatly injure your soul. The morning hours are specially adapted to this purpose. These must be directly laid hold on to converse with God in prayer before we meddle with anything else in our business, though ever so needful and important, lest we be entangled and distracted the whole day.
In order to obtain more strength, draw as near to Christ as possible, and plead with Him, as if it were the last time. Pour out your whole heart before Him, not giving over too soon; be instant in your supplications, at least with continual inward groaning, until your heart burns within you and you feel the quickening influence of His grace and Spirit. Then great care is to be taken to preserve this blessing and strength in a quiet and well-composed mind; examine yourself frequently, especially at night, how the day has been spent. Learn what the gift of God is, and improve it as becomes the recipient of so Divine a treasure.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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