PRAYER: THE BELIEVER’S SECRET WEAPON

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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.

BROKEN

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For much too long people have been going to church broken, depressed, bound, sick, addicted, in sin and leave the sanctuary of deliverance the same way they came. This ought not to be so.

We have to ask the question that is like an elephant in the room… Why? Is it because there is no Balm in Gilead as the elders of old have asked? Is it because we lack understanding as Solomon so wisely put it? Or is it because the days of miracles are over as the cessationists purport.

Well, it would certainly seem like the latter. Because of the lack of faith, church people who stopped expecting the miraculous and we have simply driven the Holy Spirit away with our unbelief and lack of purity. There were times in Jesus ministry when He visited places and He simply could do no great miracles there simply because of unbelief. could it be that this is what is happening in the world at large.
Fortunately, that is not the case. Jesus is alive and miracles are still happening! People are still being healed, GoD is still working miracles all over the world and Jesus is still on the throne.