Praying for Our Family and Friends
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.
Romans 10:1 (ESV)
E.M. Bounds says, “[God] has ordained prayer as a means whereby he will do things through men as they pray, which he would not otherwise do. If prayer puts God to work on earth, then, by the same token, prayerlessness rules God out of the world’s affairs, and prevents him from working. The driving power, the conquering force in God’s cause is God himself. ‘Call on me and I will answer thee and who thee great and mighty things which though knowest not,’ is God’s challenge to prayer. Prayer puts God in full force into God’s work.” (The Weapon of Prayer)
Prayer is a powerful weapon in the spiritual warfare of rescuing lives from sin, suffering and destruction. Billy Sunday was a great evangelist in the early 1900’s. Through his ministry hundreds of thousands of people came to faith in Christ. But the secret to Billy Sunday’s effectiveness as an evangelist was not in his fiery preaching, though he was certainly anointed by God. The secret to his effectiveness was the home prayer groups his team organized before he came to a city to preach.
In December of 1914, Billy Sunday came to Philadelphia, PA for a series of revival services. During the entire month Christians gathered in private homes to pray for revival. Twice a week followers of Christ in approximately 5,000 homes across the city to pray for revival and spiritual awakening. It is estimated that on each night more than 100,000 Christians were gathered in homes praying for the services Billy Sunday would hold. It is reported that during the Philadelphia campaign, more than 2 million people attended the services and over 41,000 people made professions of faith in Christ. Lives were changed, souls were saved, marriages and relationships healed, Christians were revived and churches were renewed.
We need revival and spiritual awakening in our world today. God has not changed; His power has not changed; what has changed is that WE, His people, have diminished or altogether stopped praying for God to move in such a mighty way. I believe if we will return to earnest, intentional, focused and desperate prayer, God will return to moving in mighty ways. His promise is that “If if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” And then He says, “Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.” 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 (NKJV)
I want to be in the generation that returns to God in humility, prayer, seeking and repentance and who sees God heal our land, revive His people and redeem the lost. I want to be part of the prayer movement that moves God to change our world.