Have you ever heard phrases like “a prayerless christian is a powerless christian…” Or “when you refuse to pray you become a prey”? This are not jus mere play-on-words, they are realities. The power of a christian is found and exercised in the place of prayer…I can’t over emphasis this fact…S.D. Gordon said “The great people of the earth today are the people who pray! I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor those who explain prayer; but I mean those who actually take the time to pray. They have not time. It must be taken from something else. That something else is important, very important and pressing, but still, less important and pressing than prayer. There are people who put prayer first, and group the other items in life’s schedule around and after prayer. These are the people today who are doing the most for God in winning souls, in solving problems, in awakening churches, in supplying both men and money for mission posts, in keeping fresh and strong their lives far off in sacrificial service on the foreign field, where the thickest fighting is going on, and in keeping the old earth sweet a little while longer.”
Infact, Abraham Lincoln said “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go”.
I feel the reason why our generation is spiritually impotent is because we are so full of activities…christian meetings are not better than any social gathering, so calculated, leaving out God in the proceedings…
I recall reading a story which I’ll title “Spurgeon’s boilerroom.”
Five young college students were spending a Sunday in London, so they went to hear the famed C.H. Spurgeon preach. While waiting for the doors to open, the students were greeted by a man who asked, “Gentlemen, let me show you around. Would you like to see the heating plant of this church?” They were not particularly interested, for it was a hot day in July. But they didn’t want to offend the stranger, so they consented. The young men were taken down a stairway, a door was quietly opened, and their guide whispered, “This is our heating plant.” Surprised, the students saw 700 people bowed in prayer, seeking a blessing on the service that was soon to begin in the auditorium above. Softly closing the door, the gentleman then introduced himself. It was none other than Charles Spurgeon – Our Daily Bread, April 24.
God is willing to do great things only if we call him J. Hudson Taylor said, “The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!”
“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.” E.M. Bounds
I once heard a preacher saying the God of Elijah never changes…they are fewer Elijahs of God….people who could stand in intersession, people like John Knox, like Martin Luther, DL Moody…if we must experience revival in this generation we must go back to the alter of prayers…
“Satan trembles when he sees the weakest
Christian on his knees.” William Cowper
Pray without Ceasing!
Pray for the church!
Pray for the persecuted!
In Nigeria, Egypt, North Africa,
Oriental, Mid-East, Asia
Pray for church leaders for vision
For boldness to bare the truth!
Looking for how to impact a life?
Pray for someone outside your circle!