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Prevailing Prayer The Need of the Church by Wesley L. Duewel
The greatest need of God today is for men and women who know how to prevail in prayer mighty intercessors, tireless prevailers, people who will persevere in prayer battle and prayer conquest until heavens powers are released and Gods will is done in the practical situations on earth.
Gods cause creeps forward timidly and slowly when there are more organizers than agonizers, more workers than prevailing prayer warriors. We need prayer warriors who have seen the heart of God, who have experienced the power and glory of the cross, who know the Bible meaning and significance of the day of judgment, heaven and hell. We need prayer warriors who feel the slavery, the absence of any eternal hope, and the doom of the unsaved; who feel the transforming power, joy, and glory from Christ of the saved. We need prayer warriors who pray as though God is God and as though Satan is Satan.
God seeks people to prevail in prayer. It is His ordained means to move the world toward righteousness and the people of the world toward salvation. God seeks people to prevail because He sees earths millions in their sin and need, loves them infinitely, and longs to save them from sin, Satan, and hell. The price for their atonement is already paid. Calvarys work is finished triumphantly, forever. All things are ready, but man is blinded, fettered, and hardened by sin.
Gods only hope for earths millions is prevailing prayer. For this reason Jesus is prevailing day and night and needs our prevailing cooperation. God has ordained to save the nations through prayer (Psa. 2:8). It is part of His eternal decree. Therefore Jesus prays, and therefore we must pray.
We Are Failing God
Millions of feeble, careless Christians are failing Gods great heart of love; failing their crucified, resurrected, and enthroned Savior; failing their tender, groaning Intercessor-Spirit. God longs to be gracious (Isa. 30:18), but He is hindered by our failing to fulfill the role for which He created us, saved us, and preserves us alive today.
Churches, missionary organizations, and Christian institutions are highly organized, well staffed, and, on the whole, busy in significant labor. But where are the results? We have not prayed them to pass yet. We have failed to teach our people the role of prevailing prayer. We have failed to model for them powerful lives of prevailing prayer and to lead them in it.
Only a fool fails to pray, but millions of Christians seem almost greater fools. They believe in prayer. They pray rather casually and often ineffectively, but they have never given themselves to the work of spiritual conquest through prevailing prayer. Knowing Gods mighty power is always released through prayer, they nevertheless fail to pray until they prevail.
"Where are the Christian leaders who can teach the modern saints to pray and put them at it?
Where are the apostolic leaders who can put Gods people to praying?" (E. M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer). Only those who prevail in prayer produce a host of followers who know how to prevail. Prevailing apostles produce prayer warriors. Comparatively prayerless pulpits will produce prayerless and powerless congregations. Who will call todays generation to prayer and teach them to pray? Where are our prayer giants?
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