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Thursday, December 22, 2016

#76 Become Prayer Partners

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: There is tremendous blessing in being a prayer partner with one or several others. Each prayer partner can agree to uphold the other specially in prayer. 

For years R. Stanley Tam and his prayer partner have sat in his car in a city park and spent an hour in prayer together at the same time each week. Some meet together regularly in prayer by telephone.  [Pray anywhere Google image]

(Numbers 5-to add to previous posting, #75 God Blesses When You Unite in Prayer) 

Many missionary organizations enlist people to spend some time each day praying for their ministry and supply prayer requests regularly to all these intercessors.

Some husbands and wives have a very effective prayer partnership together. Couples in their retirement have been able to give an hour or more each day in united prayer partnership together using prayer lists.

We should always remember that Christ is always our prayer partner. We are never alone. This truth I very blessedly realized during a time of ministry in a village in India.

I was supervising our students in a village evangelism, and we were all living in a rented village mud house for several weeks. I came down with malaria but had no medicine with me and there was no shop of any kind in the village where we were staying.

Each day I expected to be better the following day but, instead, became more ill. One day the students were gone for the day in their evangelism and I was alone in the house. Toward noon, my fever rose so high that I became concerned.

I longed in my heart for someone to pray for me and anoint me for healing, according to James 5:14-15. I had no olive oil but noticed standing in a window a bottle of coconut oil that one of the students used on his hair.

I went and got it and prayed, 

   "Lord Jesus, You and I are the only two here. I have  no one 
    but You to join me in prayer. I anoint myself in Your 
    name. You join me in prayer for my healing."

Instantly I was healed of malaria and, during the many succeeding years in India, never had a recurrence. Jesus, my prayer partner, had prevailed for me.

6) Call for a special day or week of prayer. Sometimes a special call has gone out nationwide for a specified day or week to be spent as much as possible in prayer for an urgent need.

7) Prepare for God's revival working by a call to prayer. Sometimes groups in a local church, city, or nation issue calls to prayer for God to prepare hearts and visit the group or nation with repentance, spiritual awakening, and revival blessing.

At times these calls have preceded special meetings arranged for the deepening of spiritual life. At other times they have been general calls for prayer for a mighty visitation of God's Spirit at God's own time.

All those responding have then given priority daily to such prayer. They have prayed as often as possible and also have assembled in meetings for earnest prayer.

All of the above illustrate the many ways in which God's children can unite together in prayer, even when they cannot attend a united service of prayer.

Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana   (With Jean's impressions added)

Mighty Prevailing Prayer
#76 Become Prayer Partners
by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 126 - 128) Zondervan

Let's pray-
Bible in Candlelight
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 Father, thank You that the Lord Jesus is present with us,
and we can know He's concerned for our needs too.
His Spirit within us enables us to pray for
Your will to be done, so we are assured
He can help us have effective prayers.
When we either choose to be alone, or have
no other choice, may we remember this.
At times, while praying for something that's
sent to many for prayer, may we participate and
expect to see good results, and then, give You praise
for the good outcome we'll hear about!
In the name of Jesus, we submit this prayer
to You, our Great God. Amen.

Today's popular post-

What's the Difference Between Worry and Concern? Jean Oathout seems to think that 
there is a real need to understand there is a difference between worry and concern, and we need to know what it is.

Let's take Worry first...

Today's Bible verse-

Matthew 18:19  (NIV) "Again, truly I tell you that if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." [link gives other versions]

Psalm 86:15  (KJV)"But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth." [link gives other versions]

Today's quotes-

Andrew Murray- "What is the reason why many thousands of Christian workers in the world have not a greater influence? Nothing save this—the prayerlessness of their service...It is nothing but the sin of
prayerlessness which is the cause of the lack of a powerful spiritual life."

E. M. Bounds- "Men are God's method. The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men." "The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come upon machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men—men of prayer."

Ah...winter in the north!
(Google free image)

Upcoming posts-

The Preparation Needful
23rd- Friday's post by Lee Forbes

#77 God Honors United Prayer
27th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#78 Examples from Christian History
29th- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

Why Make Him Lord?
31st- Saturday's post by Jean Oathout

Jean's blog (Save and click to see snippets of recent posts.)

Samples of Jean's crafts

31-day Devotional 
my personal story

A sample verse from p. 40-

"God's Word says He has made some plans
To help you to succeed.
He knows your needs and understands
And hears each time you plead."

(Published by Lighthouse Publishing 
                        of the Carolinas. Used by permission).

 A great gift for someone who may need help 
to prepare for marriage, and for those in a
marriage, wanting some helpful advice.

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