Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up.
2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.
Samuel Chadwick lay dying. His colleagues stood waiting to catch the last words from the lips of this man of vision. They were not extended educational advantages, bigger buildings, greater finance or for more effective methods. What was his final command to these men left with the heritage of time? It was simply, “Marshal the forces of prayer”.
A famous French physician-scientist, Dr. Alexis Carrel, author of “Man the Unknown”, wrote concerning the omnipotence of intercession: “Prayer is a force as real as terrestrial gravity. It is the only power in the world that seems to overcome the so-called ‘laws of nature.’ When we pray, we link ourselves with the INEXHAUSTIBLE MOTIVE POWER that spins the universe. Prayer is our greatest source of power. But it is miserably undeveloped.”
“When our God beholds us there –
Pleading in the place of prayer,
Then the tide of battle turns,
Then the flame of conquest burns,
Then the flag of truth prevails,
Foes slink back and Satan quails !
Then the faltering wail of fear
Turns to victory’s ringing cheer !
Bring us, Lord, O bring us there,
Where we learn prevailing prayer”.- Unknown
He who truly prays keeps the age under his feet; he goes out to fight and to win, and returns asking help, that he may bear his trophies safely home.- J. Parker.
“The Christian on his knees is a king and priest unto God in His universe and the inner chamber becomes a gymnasium for the soul. The effort to realize God’s presence in His world stretches the sinews of our faith and hardens its muscles. We believe because it is impossible. Prayer invigorates the will, purifies it and confers decision on those that waver.
It gives energy to the listless, calmness to the fretful, sympathy to the selfish and largeness of heart to those who are narrow and provincial.
Paul calls this part of his life “wrestling”. It is a great spiritual conflict in an arena where weapons are never carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. The energies of the universe, nay, of God Himself, are at the disposal of those who pray – to the man ‘who stirreth up himself to TAKE HOLD OF GOD’”.- Zwemer.
“Frail are thou, O man,
As a bubble on the breaker;
Weak and governed by externals,
Like a poor bird caught in the storm;
Yet thy momentary breath
Can still the raging waters;
Thy hand can touch
A lever that may move the world.”- M.F. Tucker.
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