Daily Gleaning - Assurance
Jonathan Edwards once said “The principle evidence of life is motion; so the principle evidence of saving grace is holy motion.” In other words, as the evidence of being physically alive is in breathing, moving, and acting, so also is the evidence of being spiritually alive in movement toward the things of God and the spiritual fruit that appears. As Jesus said, “The tree is known by its fruit” (Matt. 12:33).
Christianity, as defined in the Reformation is not for those that sit to merely see or listen, but it is for those that move, who rise up from their seats, raise their helpless hands and voices in response to God's Word, and do that for which He has purposed them.
In this light, based on a fair appraisal of the effects of our Morning and Evening Prayer, we understand its closing words to mean that Christ supplies every need both here and hereafter, and that we should have full assurance that He will fulfill them in as we... together... labor for the fruit that He intended.
"ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise, that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.