Ancient of Days, how Wonderful and Gracious Thy Are, heaven and earth are the works of hand, when we look up to the hill where cometh our help. Our help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. All power, all honour be ascribe unto You Alone Who is Worthy of our praise.
We are grateful to You, Father for You Are The Defender of the defenseless, The Help of the helpless, once again we say thank You.
Eternal God of mercy, look with pity upon Your children, who are looking up to You for their deliverance, may our prayer come unto You as a sweet smelling sacrifices, and may it be acceptable unto You, Who reigns forever and ever Amen!
Beloved, you are before your burden bearing this day, ensures that you drop all your cares before Him, do not step out without the Spirit bearing witness in your spirit that He bear all your concerns.
Let your supplication be like that of Jesus, Who when He intercedes heaven not only opens but He also receives answers to His prayers. Jesus knew what to do because He gain dominion at the place of prayer. May we be like Him, with an effective, fervent prayer gain dominion over the affairs of our life and environment in Jesus Name. Amen!
The intense prayer of the righteous is very powerful.—James 5:16b
God promises all believers that if we live righteously and pray fervently, our prayers will be effective and produce significant results. How do we treat a promise like this? We might argue, “But I do pray, and nothing happens!” Our problem is that we do not hold ourselves accountable to the Scripture. God’s Word says that prayer ought to accomplish much. If our prayer life is not accomplishing much, what should we do? If we are praying but seeing no results, should we conclude that this promise is untrue? Should we excuse this Scripture as impractical and unrealistic? Or should we examine ourselves to see if we meet its conditions?
James says that fervent prayer avails much. Could it be that we are not as fervent in our praying as we should be? Fervent prayer means we do not quit easily. Fervent prayer means we purposefully spend sufficient time in intercession. Fervent prayer means we cry out to the Father, sometimes in tears, with our heart and soul. Fervent prayer comes as the Holy Spirit assists us in praying with groanings too deep for words (Rom. 8:26).
According to James, our righteousness will ensure effective prayer. God’s standard of righteousness is different from ours, for He looks beyond our actions, even beyond our thoughts, directly to our hearts. How then should we hold ourselves accountable if our prayers are accomplishing little? If nothing happens when we pray, the problem is not with God. The problem is with us, for God’s word is absolutely reliable. If we adhere to what God requires, He will lead us to pray for things that align with His purposes, and God will answer our prayers in a mighty way.
For He knows them that trust in Him (Nah 1:7), and He will never forsake them that put their trust in Him (Isa 41:17).
“Brethren, pray for us.” 1Thessalonians 5:25
This one morning in the year we reserved to refresh the reader’s memory upon the subject of prayer for ministers, and we do most earnestly implore every Christian household to grant the fervent request of the text first uttered by an apostle and now repeated by us.
Brethren, our work is Solemnly momentous, involving weal or woe to thousands; we treat with souls for God on eternal business, and our word is either a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death. A very heavy responsibility rests upon us, and it will be no small mercy if at the last we be found clear of the blood of all men.
As officers in Christ’s army, we are the especial mark of the enmity of men and devils; they watch for our halting, and labour to take us by the heels. Our sacred calling involves us in temptations from which you are exempt, above all it too often draws us away from our personal enjoyment of truth into a ministerial and official consideration of it. We meet with many knotty cases, and our wits are at a non plus; we observe very sad backslidings, and our hearts are wounded; we see millions perishing, and our spirits sink. We wish to profit you by our preaching; we desire to be blest to your children; we long to be useful both to saints and sinners; therefore, dear friends, intercede for us with our God.
Miserable men are we if we miss the aid of your prayers, but happy are we if we live in your supplications. You do not look to us but to our Master for spiritual blessings, and yet how many times has He given those blessings through His ministers; ask then, again and again, that we may be the earthen vessels into which the Lord may put the treasure of the gospel. We, the whole company of missionaries, ministers, city missionaries, and students, do in the name of Jesus beseech you
“Brethren, Pray for us.”
Thank you as heed this solemnly call, God will truly bless you and reward you. Amen!
Remain blessed in the Lord.