O let the place of secret prayer become to me the most beloved spot on earth.” -Andrew Murray
If any Christian might wonder if they are a target of spiritual warfare, all they need to do is determine to pray more. One will soon find why prayer must be a discipline. From distractions to demands, many things will seek to pull the Christian from engaging the Father in prayer. Why? Because it’s in prayer where there is intimacy with Him. It’s in prayer where revelation in given on any subject or issue or trial, and it’s in prayer where power is released! As Billy Sunday once said, “If you are strangers to prayer, you are strangers to power.”
Few Christians are not grieved with present conditions in the community or city they live in, or the moral condition of our country. Beyond that, there are the enormous issues in nations around the world. Just think of the 10/40 window and the sheer millions and millions of people who have never heard of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. As John Stott rightly said, “We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God” and as Oswald Smith said, “We talk of the second coming, half the world has never heard of the first.”
As a Church we must take responsibility for the conditions around us. We know the answer, the answer is Jesus. I would also venture to say, we all know the means to make Jesus known. We know it’s His Word (i.e the “seed” as Jesus spoke concerning the Kingdom to bring the harvest), but we also know its prayer. Prayer prepares the ground for the seed of His Word, prayer opens doors of opportunity, prayer releases boldness, and prayer (in God’s infinite wisdom), is the gift He has given to shape history. History belongs to those who pray.
And here we are, 2017, in Father’s providence He has allowed us to live in such a time as this. We have the awesome privilege, honor and responsibility to pray for His glory to be revealed in the Earth. We know what we ought to do, we are to be a people of prayer. “To him who knows the right thing to do, and doesn’t do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).
We are called to act on so many promises given to us in prayer by our Lord. I want to encourage you, to go with me through selected passages as we look at prayer that avails before God from Scripture. From this study, to then apply what we learn immediately in practice and watch what our King will do in and through us for His great Namesake.
I testify (as I’m sure you can as well) to the power of prayer. I have seen so many miracles from demons cast out, to the blind seeing, to a tumor disappearing immediately, the lame walking those on the brink of death be raised up to the astonishment of nurses and doctors and on and on. I have seen Father open doors to preach to multitudes, to a national radio program, to the beginnings of transformational revival in areas He has placed my family and I. How did it happen? Obviously, not by the arm of flesh! It was only by His Spirit as we humbled ourselves in prayer. And yet in all I’ve seen I’m hungry for so much more and I’m quite certain you are as well!
How will we see our hearts and our families aflame for God? When we are people of prayer. How will see our churches filled with His presence and power? When we are people of prayer. How will see our schools, communities and cities changed, even our nation impacted in transformational revival? When God’s people become people of prayer.
So, will you go on a journey with me in prayer? Perhaps you are already in a wonderful place of intercession and abiding prayer, may these posts encourage you as you press forward. Maybe you have backslidden and you are looking for a time of re-consecration, may these posts challenge you and provoke you in your recommitment. Perhaps you feel you are a novice in prayer, may these posts be a tool to move you deep in a place of intimacy and prayer and may your journal be filled with testimony after testimony of answered prayer and watch as you are changed forever. Maybe you are wanting to have a group discipleship time, feel free to use these posts as we look in the Word, to bring a deeper level of accountability but also excitement as your group believes Father together for impossible things, and see transformation take place.
May Father fill you with His fire and excitement for this journey….
One of the gravest perils which besets the ministry is a restless scattering of energies over an amazing multiplicity of interests which leaves no margin of time and of strength for receptive and absorbing communion with God. – Andrew Bonar
“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” – Corrie ten Boom
I know of no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than this, the measure of the intensity of your prayer. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon
The entire day receives order and discipline when it acquires unity. This unity must be sought and found in morning prayer. The morning prayer determines the day. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Prayer is the easiest and hardest of all things; the simplest and the sublimest; the weakest and the most powerful; its results lie outside the range of human possibilities-they are limited only by the omnipotence of God. ~ E.M. Bounds