POWER IN PRAYER
I have heard people say and I have said it myself when I heard about someone who is going through a hard time and I do not know what to do for them, and I say, “all I can do for them is pray for them” as if prayer is the least thing I can do when really it is the best thing I can do for them. We must never think that prayer is the last and least thing we can do, it is the greatest thing we can do. It should be the first thing we do. There is power in prayer. It is through prayer that battles are one, rivers are crossed, mountains are moved, and the impossible done.
James Duncan, preaching with great unction and power, was asked what was the secret of such powerful preaching. “The secret,” he said, was “thirteen hours of consecutive prayer.”
When asked the secret of his spiritual power, Charles Spurgeon said: “Knee work! Knee work!”
The Bible says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16b (KJV)
The Bible says, “14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14-15 (KJV)
Someone said, Prayer pulls the rope below and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly; others give but an occasional pluck at the rope; but he who wins with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously, with all his might.
When Hudson Taylor, the famous missionary, first went to China, it was in a sailing vessel. Very close to the shores of cannibal islands the wind died down and the ship was adrift. It slowly drifted shoreward unable to go about and the savages were eagerly anticipating a feast.
The captain came to Mr. Taylor and asked him to pray for the help of God. “I will,” said Mr. Taylor, “provided you set your sails to catch the breeze.” The captain refused because he was afraid he would be a laughing stock by raising the sails while the winds were absolutely calm. Taylor said, “I will not undertake to pray for the vessel unless you will prepare the sails.” And it was done.
While engaged in prayer, there was a knock at the door of his room. “Who is there?” Taylor asked. The Captain’s voice responded, “Are you still praying for wind?” “Yes.” “Well,” said the captain, “you’d better stop praying, for we have more wind than we can manage.”
There is power in prayer. So, don’t forget to pray. It is the greatest thing we can do. From our knees let’s all ring the great bell above in the ears of God.
September 16, 2018 Bro. Ronnie