Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: We need new mighty movements of the soul. We need to awaken and arouse our sleeping selves to take hold of God in mighty prayer.
We need to marshal all our spiritual resources and sanctified energies to pray the prayer that prevails. Unless our prayer has fervent force, it has no power to overcome difficulties and win mighty victories.
Various Bible terms express fervor and passion in prayer. One term is call. It is used by Samuel, David, Elijah, and many of the prophets.
The soul reaches out to God, calling out to Him with a force and intensity that expects to be heard.
Another term is cry or cry out. "O LORD,...day and night I cry out before you.... Turn your ear to my cry" (Ps. 88:1-2).
Moses cried out at times in his impassioned prayer (Exod. 14:15). Samuel cried out on behalf of Israel (1 Sam. 7:8). So did Solomon (2 Chron. 6:19) and Ezekiel (Ezek. 9:8). Elijah cried to God to raise the widow's son, and God did (1 Kings 17:22).
Another Bible term is pour out. The psalmist describes how his soul pants for God as a deer pursued by hunters pants for water. He thirsts for God, longs to meet God, weeps day and night as he longs for God's answers, and pours out his soul (Ps. 42:1-4).
In Psalm 62:8, David urges us, "Pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge." This verse is very expressive of the fervor and passion of the soul.
All of these godly people who pleaded in prayer, in the words of Finney, felt "the pressure of a great cause." There is no encouragement for feeble desires, listless efforts, and lazy attitudes in prayer. (Principles of Prayer, 71).
E. M. Bounds knew by experience prevailing prayer. He wrote, "Enflamed desires impassioned, unwearied insistence, delights heaven....Heaven is too busy to listen to half-hearted prayers." (Necessity of Prayer, 59).
The vision of the need for which you pray must become a burning passion to see God's answer. It must become a deep principle within you that dedicates itself to getting the answer.
It must become a compelling drive. It must add fervency to your praying and put the iron of determination within your soul. You must not accept no for a answer!
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#43 We Need New Mighty Movements of the Soul by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 74-75) Zondervan
Father, put in us a fresh hunger for Your Word, and may we begin to allow Your Spirit to open us up to all You have planned for us.
May we begin to actually become desperate in our praying for the concerns we have, and to remember that You'll make a difference through our praying.
As we pray with more conviction, may we believe the answers are actually on their way, and begin thanking You!
I ask this in the mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.
Today’s Bible verse-
(1 Chron. 22:19 a) "Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God."
"Everything God does for man and through man He does with man's consent, always. With due reverence, but very plainly, let it be said that God can do nothing for the man with shut hand and shut life. There must be an open hand and heart and life through which God can give what He longs to. An open life, an open hand, open upward, is the pipeline of communication between the heart of God and this poor befooled old world. Our prayer is God's opportunity to get into the world that would shut Him out." (p. 12 of QUIET TALKS ON PRAYER by S. D. Gordon)
Our question today-
If God needs us to pray, oughtn't we to make every effort to seek Him more, and to ask for His burden for those around us?
Our thought today-
When Jesus confronted Satan with Scriptures, we can see that He'd spent time learning them. Seems as though we should follow suit, so we can have some ammunition to use against him, too.
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