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Prayer Meeting - January 16, 2019

"Who went about doing good." Acts 10:38

Earnestly would I endeavor to impress upon the reader what Henry Martyn
beautifully terms "the pleasure of doing good." Next to direct communion with
God, the loftiest and purest source of enjoyment opened to us on earth is found
in the expression of human sympathy, in the exercise of Christian benevolence.
No selfish pleasure ever brought to the heart the peace, the joy, the happiness
which one solitary act of kindness to another did. God is happy in the exercise of
His boundless love. Angels are happy in the discharge of their beneficent
mission, and man is happy as his affections and sympathies travel forth in quest
of objects upon which they may repose. Oh! the luxury of effacing one sorrow
from the heart, one shadow from the brow, one tear from the eye. It is in this
living for the good of others, especially in seeking their spiritual and eternal
happiness, we have found a most powerful means of advancing vital godliness in
our own souls. The religion of many of the Lord's people is sickly and feeble, cold
and gloomy, just because it is so selfish. Would they be more vigorous in their
souls? Would they make greater progress in the divine life? Would they combat
more successfully the many doubts and fears that assail them? Would they have
a happier, sunnier religion, walking more fully in the light of the Lord's
countenance? Then let them be up and doing in their Lord's vineyard. Let them
seek the conversion of lost sinners, the comforting of poor saints, the betterment
of human misery in some of its many forms, thus, like their Master, going about
doing good, and then would be fulfilled in their souls' happy experience the
precious promise: "You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who
remember your ways." - Octavius Winslow