I Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority.”
A teacher went into her classroom about fifteen minutes before the class was supposed to begin and caught a bunch of boys in a huddle on their knees in the corner of the room. She asked what they were doing, and one of them shouted back, “We are shooting craps.” She replied, “That’s all right. I was afraid you were praying.”
This is a part of the sadness of America. People often huddle together here in America, but it is not for prayer. They are generally huddled together to play something, to attend something, to watch something, but seldom to attend church and pray.
Samuel Chadwick said, “The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.”
Andrew Murray said, “The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.”
Charles Spurgeon said, “I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.”
E.M. Bounds said, “What the church needs today is not machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use – men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men of prayer.” And we might add, through women of prayer.
We must be a people of prayer if we are going to see any good come to America and our own lives.
We must pray. We must pray for everyone who means anything at all to us and for some who don’t mean anything to us. We must pray for our mates, for our children, for our family members, for our ministers, for our church members, for our church leaders, and for our country’s leaders.
We must pray at home! We must pray at church! We must pray at prayer meetings! We must pray while driving our cars, while doing our laundry, while cleaning our houses, while doing our chores! We must pray when we get up in the morning and when we go to bed at night! We must pray every chance we get if we want to see some good things happen to America and in our own lives!
James 5:16 “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” How powerful is prayer? How effective is prayer?
In 1872 the famous American preacher, Dwight L. Moody, went to England, not to preach, but to listen to others preach. One Sunday morning he was asked to preach in a London pulpit. But somehow the right spiritual atmosphere was not there. He confessed afterwards that he never had such a hard time preaching. Everything seemed dead. He said to himself. “What a fool I was to consent to preach. I came here to listen and here I am preaching.”
Then the awful thought came to him that he had to preach again that night, and only the fact that he had given his promise to do so kept him faithful to the engagement. But when Moody stepped into the pulpit that night and faced the congregation, he was conscious of a new atmosphere. He said, “The powers of an unseen world seemed to have fallen on the audience.” As he concluded his message and offered the invitation, he said, “If there is a man or woman here tonight who will accept Jesus Christ, please stand up.” AND ABOUT 500 PEOPLE STOOD UP! Now for the rest of the story! Or the story behind the story.
When Dwight L. Moody preached at that morning service there was a woman in the congregation who had an invalid sister at home. When she returned home she told her invalid sister that the preacher had been Mr. Moody from Chicago. “What!” she exclaimed, “Mr. Moody from Chicago! I read about him some time ago in an American newspaper, and I have been praying for God to send him to London, to preach in our church. If I had known he was going to preach this morning I would have eaten no breakfast. I would have spent the whole time in prayer. Now, sister, go out of the room, lock the door, send me no dinner. And no matter who comes, don’t let them see me. I am going to spend the whole afternoon and evening in prayer.”
And so it was that Sunday night when Dwight L. Moody preached that there was a completely different atmosphere and 500 people said they wanted to accept Jesus as their Savior.
DOES IT DO ANY GOOD TO PRAY FOR PEOPLE? What do you think? Perhaps we need to spend more time in prayer and less in eating! More time believing and less straying!
We must pray! We must pray for people most of all!
If we pray long enough, hard enough, fervent enough, and faithful enough God will change some things for the better! Never doubt. Never doubt the power of God nor the power of prayer! We must pray unceasingly!
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