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Thursday, January 28, 2016

#12 Wanted: Giants in Prayer

Wesley L. Duewel: Many years ago, E. M. Bounds wrote:

   "We need this prayerful leadership; we must have it, that by the perfection and beauty of its holiness, by the strength and elevation of its faith, by the potency and pressure of its prayers, by the authority and spotlessness of its example, by the fire and contagion of its zeal, by the singularity, sublimity, and unworthiness of its piety, it may influence God and hold and mold the church to its heavenly pattern.

   Such leaders, how mighty they are felt! How their flame arouses the church! How they embattle and give victory by the conflicts and triumph of their open faith! How they fashion it by the impress and importunity of their prayers! How they inoculate by the contagion and fire of their holiness! 

   How they lead the march in great spiritual revolutions! How the church is raised from the dead by the resurrection call of their sermons! Holiness springs up in their wake as flowers at the voice of spring, and where they tread the desert blooms as a garden of the Lord. God's cause demands such leaders."  Purpose in Prayer [new York: Revell, 1920), 83-84]

God longs to reveal His mighty power and redemptive love more outstandingly and more constantly. What hinders Him? The lack of adequate prevailing prayer. Just as the orchard owner Jesus described came seeking fruit (Luke 13:6-7), so God seeks for prevailing prayer veterans among His people.

   Listen to Andrew Murray again:

   "He looks if the church is training the great army of aged men and women, whose time of outward work is past, but who can strengthen the army of the 'elect, who cry to him day and night'... He looks to the thousands of young men and young women in training for the work of ministry and mission, and gazes longingly to see if the church is teaching them that intercession, power with God must be their first care, and in seeking to train and help them to it.

   He looks to see whether ministers and missionaries are understanding their opportunity, and laboring to train the believers of their congregations into those who can 'help together' by their prayer, and can 'strive with them in their prayers.' As Christ seeks the lost sheep until He finds it, God seeks intercessors."  Ministry of Intercession, 168-69.

We need a new intense and radical commitment to prayer, leaders who know and prove the power of prayer, congregations growing ever more mighty in prayer. We need prevailing leadership to mold a new generation of prayer warriors."

Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana

#12 Wanted: Giants in Prayer
(Google image and my emphasis added)

by Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 24, 25) Zondervan 

Let's pray..

   Father, when it comes to praying for our church leaders, we confess that we've not been as faithful as we should be.
   It is apparent that the call is out to pray more, to expect more, and to advance in our efforts in effective, fervent praying.
    I ask for your help for those who're reading this prayer now with me. Impress on our hearts the truth that You depend upon our prevailing in prayer, in order to accomplish Your will among us.
   We ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: "Arise, shine; for your light has come!...For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3)

Today’s quotes: "God has something to say, and in this hour it is important to give Him His platform to say it! His army will be sent into the darkness of situations, events, and circumstances to declare with authority, "Let there be light," and light will be released to set captives free, to shine on the harvest, and release it from the enemy's grip! And now, in this kairos moment of His-story, God is also saying to this headstone generation, prepared for this hour, "Arise, shine; for your light has come! "

When we humble ourselves and pray and turn from our wicked ways, God hears from Heaven and will forgive and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14). When we praise, God silences our enemy (Psalm 8:2). When we decree, God establishes things for us and shines light on our path (Job 22:28). When we prophesy and release the Voice of the Lord the enemy is shattered (Isaiah 30:31). When we give our tithes and offerings Heaven opens its windows of blessings over our lives, rebukes our Devourer and causes us to be happy and blessed (Malachi 3:10-12)! What we do on earth, good or bad, has a corresponding response from Heaven! Jane Hamon Taken from:
Our thought today: We need to be realistic and see what needs to be done, where we are, and where God wants to take us.

30th- Saturday’s post by Lee Forbes-
        The Devil Found an Easy Prey

31st- Sunday evening's post by Sharon Jaynes-
   You Could Be Someones Miracle

2/2nd- Tuesday's post by Wesley l. Duewel-
   #13 God has Ordained Our Prevailing

4th- Thursday's post by Wesley L. Duewel-
   #24 God has Ordained us to Intercede with Christ

A popular post: Tough Questions Max Lucado tells us, 
"Some questions aren't always easy to answer. 

Maybe that’s the way it should be!
Here’s just that kind of question:.." 

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