There is an old hymn that is probably only sung in churches that remember the value of theological and transformation truth that hymn still convey. That hymn, “Sweet Hour of Prayer” by William Walford (1772-1850) has been to me and many others, a source of inspiration and motivation to stay in that secret place of prayer. While it purposely does not address corporate prayer, it stresses the deep and powerful place that secret and personal prayer holds for us.
Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!
That calls us from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief;
My soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!
Jesus himself admonishes us to prayer lest we enter into temptation (Mark 14:38). Paul the Apostle also exhorts to prayer without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17). In order for you to be able to wield this mighty weapon, it must become a habit. Jesus himself took his disciples to prayer, albeit to a mountain (Luke 9:29). Elijah, was a man just like you and me but the habit that separates him from us was his life of prayer (James 5:17). George Mueller (1805-1898) who reportedly took care of more than 10,000 orphans without requesting a dime from anyone but God, is a striking example of a man who understood the weapon of prayer. Rebekah’s House relies upon the power of prayer to a powerful God to meet the needs of our ministry. We have already seen that powerful hand at work in providing.