As we gathered for prayer this morning, I was deeply burdened. There had been several in our congregation who had died and gone on to be with Jesus. One was an elderly woman who was a true ‘prayer warrior’ and so sweet in her love for Jesus. We miss her! A few of the young people weighed heavily on our hearts along with others who seemed to be going their own way.
After a brief look at Luke 24:47, “that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations,” we went to prayer. I have never felt such unity of soul and depth of agony as I did in his time together. Tears were mingled with pleading for souls to repent.
It was said of Praying Hyde and those associated with him in prayer, that “they saw the one method of obtaining this spiritual awakening – even by prayer. They set themselves deliberately, definitely and desperately to use the means till they secured the result” (by Francis A McGaw, 2010, page 29). Are we this concerned about God bringing results from our prayers in souls?
At the end of the service, I spoke with a couple who needed to get right with the Lord. Something changed and they were willing to sit down with the Scriptures and get right with the Lord and with each other. My mind immediately went back to our time in the prayer room. We had prayed and expected God to work. He did! Though we had no idea these persons would be there at the service, the Lord knew, the Lord heard, and the Lord answered.
How important is the prayer room of your church? Do you even have one? Do you just make ‘prayer requests,’ or do you plead with God over souls?
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