2003-07-14 - Prayer Wonders
Psalm 65:2 O Thou who dost hear prayer, to Thee all men come.
Abraham's servant prays and Rebekah appears. Jacob wrestles and prays, the angel is conquered and Esau's mind is changed. Moses cries to God and the sea is divided. Hannah prays and Samuel is born. Asa prays and there is a victory. Isaiah and Hezekiah pray and 185,000 Assyrians are dead in 12 hours. Daniel prays and the lions mouths are kept shut. Mordecai and Esther fast and Haman is hanged on his own gallows. Nehemiah prays and the kings heart is softened. The people pray and Peter is delivered by an angel. Paul and Silas pray and the doors of the prison are opened.
Prayer has promises with it. When we think about prayer we can see the great successes that prayer has delivered. Prayer has stopped the movement of the moon. Prayer has made the poison of vipers unharmful. Prayer has brought legions of angels down from heaven. Prayer has destroyed huge armies. Prayer carried a man in a chariot of fire to heaven. Prayer shut heaven for three years and then opened it again.
The Christian must pray. The Christian cannot be without prayer. It is to be without grace to be without prayer. It is to be in danger of a graceless eternity 60 times every minute to be one who does not pray. To be without prayer is to be without a refuge. There is no guard against the snares of Satan for the soul who does not pray. Prayer is adopted to aid us in our progress in God's grace. Prayer helps us govern our thoughts and actions. Prayer is a precious aid when we experience afflictions, trials, or endure the crosses that life brings us.
Prayer is an aid to us in understanding God's providence, sovereignty and will. Prayer shows our dependence upon God. Prayer helps to inspire a lively spiritual practice. In many respects prayer is the highest form of self love. It is also the highest form of love to others. It is both to our advantage and to the advantage of others that we be people of prayer. Prayer connects us to the infinite advantages that are in Christ. Prayer flows from faith and hope because we would not pray if we did not believe in God's mercy and love.
There are many reasons for us to be people of prayer. What we have covered above is just to start the topic. In prayer we give our soul a work out. It is my hope that we all take full advantage of a prayer life before the Lord. "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." James 1:5
Soli Deo Gloria,