Do you believe in the power of prayer? Do you believe in the God who hears and answers our prayers? Do you believe in the God who saves people through the preaching of the gospel that is fuelled by prayer? Missions is fuelled by prayer; tenacious and persistent prayer. As a church we want to prevail in prayer and see God at work in saving, sanctifying and strengthening people. Here is what George Mueller wrote about the tenacity of prayer and missions in his Autobiography:
I am now waiting upon God for certain blessings, for which I have daily besought Him for nineteen years and six months, without one day’s intermission. Still the full answer is not yet given concerning the conversion of certain individuals. In the meantime, I have received many thousands of answers to prayer. I have also prayed daily, without intermission, for the conversion of other individuals about ten years, for others six or seven years, for others four, three, and two years, for others about eighteen months; and still the answer is not yet granted, concerning these persons [whom I have prayed for nineteen years and six months]…Yet I am daily continuing in prayer and expecting the answer…Be encouraged, dear Christian reader, with fresh earnestness to give yourself to prayer, if you can only be sure that you ask for things which are for the glory of God.
The call of Jesus is for prevailing prayer: “Always…pray and [do] not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). By this his Father will be glorified (John 14:13). The supremacy of God in the mission of the church is proved and prized in prevailing prayer. I believe Christ’s word to his church is a question: “Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily” (Luke 18:7-8)
Do you ever cry out to the Lord, “How long, O Lord? How long till you vindicate your cause on earth? How long till you rend the heavens and come down with power on your church? How long till you bring forth victory among all the peoples of the world?”
Is not the answer plain: “When my people cry to me day and night, I will vindicate them, and my cause will prosper among the nations.” The people and the nations will be won by God. He will win it through the gospel of Jesus Christ. This gospel will run and triumph through prevailing prayer—so that in everything God might be glorified through Jesus Christ.
I encourage you to come out to Praise and Prayer night this coming Friday (Feb 21) 7PM. We will pray in the Spirit. We will pray with songs of praise. We will pray with fellow brothers and sisters. We will pray to God who is doing a new thing in our midst. And as we gather together to pray, each of us will be strengthened and sanctified, the church will be edified, and God will be glorified.
* Adapted from John Piper’s book, Let the Nations Be Glad!
This week’s bible reading schedule:
|☐||Sun: Genesis 49, Luke 2||☐||Thu: Exodus 3, Luke 6|
|☐||Mon: Genesis 50, Luke 3||☐||Fri: Exodus 4, Luke 7|
|☐||Tue: Exodus 1, Luke 4||☐||Sat: Exodus 5, Luke 8|
|☐||Wed: Exodus 2, Luke 5||☐||Sun: Exodus 6, Luke 9|