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 Gary Wilkerson prayer does change things..

Greetings PRAYER changes things..
check out TimeSquare church on Tues 7-830 EST www.pray
its awesome time of prayer..
Prayer changes things.
In Christ
Frannie



David Wilkerson Today
A Ministry of World Challenge

MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

SMALL BEGINNINGS
by Gary Wilkerson


Small beginnings eventually affect entire communities. When my father, David
Wilkerson, started a church in Times Square, the main area on 42nd Street was a
darkened mess. Every few feet one could see a drug dealer or a prostitute or a
porn theater. My dad’s approach to any ministry was always to begin in
prayer—and he asked me to lead a Friday night prayer meeting at the church.

Those first meetings drew twenty to thirty people. We faithfully cried out for
God to bring change to the city. Over time, our meetings grew to almost eight
hundred people. As we lifted our voices in travailing prayer, God placed a
burden on our hearts for 42nd Street. So we took our praying efforts to the
street, where we handed out tracts.

Soon we noticed changes taking place. There were fewer drug addicts and
prostitutes around. One by one the porn palaces closed. Finally, a developer
came in and bought up property after property. Today, the principal business
presence in Times Square is the Walt Disney Company, and 42nd Street may now be
the most wholesome block in New York City. I believe this is partly due to a
praying people who believed God to do great things.

The first effect of a godly testimony is the building up of our faith. The
second effect is the building up of others’ faith: “I may seem to be
boasting too much about the authority given to us by the Lord. But our
authority builds you up; it doesn’t tear you down” (2 Corinthians 10:8,
NLT). Paul is saying, in essence, “Not only did God work mightily through my
life. His work in me and through me is meant to stir up your faith to greater
works.” Our faith is contagious. It builds up the faith of others to engage
in greater acts of boldness.

Paul’s final boast is a curious one: “If I must boast, I would rather boast
about the things that show how weak I am” (11:30). His point is this: Our good
testimony will never result from our own strength. Our boast will always be,
“Without God, I am not a giant slayer—I am a shepherd. I am not a wall
builder—I am a cup bearer. I am not a deliverer—I am a shepherd wandering
in the Egyptian desert.”

Our testimony will never come from our own strength, zeal or effort. If we lean
on any of these things, our testimony will lose its power. But the more we
acknowledge our inability, the more God’s power will rest on us: “He said
to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in
weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so
that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV).




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Frannie

 2014/4/22 20:57Profile
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 Re: Gary Wilkerson prayer does change things..

"Our testimony will never come from our own strength, zeal or effort. If we lean
on any of these things, our testimony will lose its power. But the more we
acknowledge our inability, the more God’s power will rest on us:"

good word

 2014/4/22 21:44Profile









 Re: Gary Wilkerson prayer does change things..

Amen, this is so encouraging! Did anyone get to join in with this prayer meeting?

Dear sister Frannie, can you please rewrite or edit the website link because it doesn't seem complete?

Thank you so much for sharing this, it is so powerful and so very encouraging! Especially in this day and age when prayer is hardly considered important in the work of the Lord anymore. And then when there are times of prayer, in so many cases it is insipid and weak, more like an order of service, impassionate routine...or flowery, long winded "sermon prayer". From the sounds of it those prayer meetings in those early days were by desperate believers who poured out their hearts and laid a hold of God!

 2014/4/23 1:12









 Re: Gary Wilkerson prayer does change things..

Were they weeping and crying out? because wednesday morning I felt something. some blessing or increase or help from somewhere

blessings

 2014/4/24 18:08





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