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Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth. God does nothing but in answer to prayer.—John Wesley The apostles knew the necessity and worth of prayer to their ministry. They knew that their high commission as apostles, instead of relieving them from the necessity of prayer, committed them to it by a more urgent need; so that they were exceedingly jealous else some other important work should exhaust their time and prevent their praying as they ought; so they appointed laymen to look after the delicate and engrossing duties of ministering to the poor, that they (the apostles) might, unhindered, “give themselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

Prayer is put first, and their relation to prayer is put most strongly—”give themselves to it,” making a business of it, surrendering themselves to praying, putting fervor, urgency, perseverance, and time in it. How holy, apostolic men devoted themselves to this divine work of prayer! “Night and day praying exceedingly,” says Paul. “We will give ourselves continually to prayer” is the consensus of apostolic devotement. How these New Testament preachers laid themselves out in prayer for God’s people! How they put God in full force into their Churches by their praying!

These holy apostles did not vainly fancy that they had met their high and solemn duties by delivering faithfully God’s word, but their preaching was made to stick and tell by the ardor and insistence of their praying. Apostolic praying was as taxing, toilsome, and imperative as apostolic preaching. They prayed mightily day and night to bring their people to the highest regions of faith and holiness. They prayed mightier still to hold them to this high spiritual altitude.

The preacher who has never learned in the school of Christ the high and divine art of intercession for his people will never learn the art of preaching, though homiletics be poured into him by the ton, and though he be the most gifted genius in sermon-making and sermon-delivery. The prayers of apostolic, saintly leaders do much in making saints of those who are not apostles. If the Church leaders in after years had been as particular and fervent in praying for their people as the apostles were, the sad, dark times of worldliness and apostasy had not marred the history and eclipsed the glory and arrested the advance of the Church. Apostolic praying makes apostolic saints and keeps apostolic times of purity and power in the Church. What loftiness of soul, what purity and elevation of motive, what unselfishness, what self-sacrifice, what exhaustive toil, what ardor of spirit, what divine tact are requisite to be an intercessor for men! The preacher is to lay himself out in prayer for his people; not that they might be saved, simply, but that they be mightily saved.

The apostles laid themselves out in prayer that their saints might be perfect; not that they should have a little relish for the things of God, but that they “might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Paul did not rely on his apostolic preaching to secure this end, but “for this cause he bowed his knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul’s praying carried Paul’s converts farther along the highway of sainthood than Paul’s preaching did. Epaphras did as much or more by prayer for the Colossian saints than by his preaching. He labored fervently always in prayer for them that “they might stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” Preachers are preeminently God’s leaders. They are primarily responsible for the condition of the Church. They shape its character, give tone and direction to its life. Much every way depends on these leaders.

They shape the times and the institutions. The Church is divine, the treasure it incases is heavenly, but it bears the imprint of the human. The treasure is in earthen vessels, and it smacks of the vessel. The Church of God makes, or is made by, its leaders. Whether it makes them or is made by them, it will be what its leaders are; spiritual if they are so, secular if they are, conglomerate if its leaders are. Israel’s kings gave character to Israel’s piety. A Church rarely revolts against or rises above the religion of its leaders. Strongly spiritual leaders; men of holy might, at the lead, are tokens of God’s favor; disaster and weakness follow the wake of feeble or worldly leaders. Israel had fallen low when God gave children to be their princes and babes to rule over them. No happy state is predicted by the prophets when children oppress God’s Israel and women rule over them.

Times of spiritual leadership are times of great spiritual prosperity to the Church. Prayer is one of the eminent characteristics of strong spiritual leadership. Men of mighty prayer are men of might and mold things. Their power with God has the conquering tread. How can a man preach who does not get his message fresh from God in the closet? How can he preach without having his faith quickened, his vision cleared, and his heart warmed by his closeting with God? Alas, for the pulpit lips which are untouched by this closet flame. Dry and unctionless they will ever be, and truths divine will never come with power from such lips. As far as the real interests of religion are concerned, a pulpit without a closet will always be a barren thing. A preacher may preach in an official, entertaining, or learned way without prayer, but between this kind of preaching and sowing God’s precious seed with holy hands and prayerful, weeping hearts there is an immeasurable distance. A prayerless ministry is the undertaker for all God’s truth and for God’s Church.

He may have the most costly casket and the most beautiful flowers, but it is a funeral, notwithstanding the charmful array. A prayerless Christian will never learn God’s truth; a prayerless ministry will never be able to teach God’s truth. Ages of millennial glory have been lost by a prayerless Church. The coming of our Lord has been postponed indefinitely by a prayerless Church. Hell has enlarged herself and filled her dire caves in the presence of the dead service of a prayerless Church. The best, the greatest offering is an offering of prayer. If the preachers of the twentieth century will learn well the lesson of prayer, and use fully the power of prayer, the millennium will come to its noon ere the century closes. “Pray without ceasing” is the trumpet call to the preachers of the twentieth century. If the twentieth century will get their texts, their thoughts, their words, their sermons in their closets, the next century will find a new heaven and a new earth. The old sin-stained and sin-eclipsed heaven and earth will pass away under the power of a praying ministry.

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We hear often that the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous availeth much... but until I read this, lain out in all simplicity, has it really taken hold.  

Amen Lashawn, that is the same thing. I said when I read and studied this myself before I post it. It is time for the saints of God to get back on their post. What do you think that a saint can do to walk as an effective prayer warrior? Explain why?

Lashawn Law said:

We hear often that the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous availeth much... but until I read this, lain out in all simplicity, has it really taken hold.  

Saints of God need to go back to the old church, where there was kneeling at the alter, praying and having tarrying services before God....Going boldly before the throne of grace, calling things as though they were not.....fasting and praying until you got your answer.....

Amen Kira, yes this is exactly what I am talking about going boldly before the throne of grace. Laying at the alter and crying out unto the masters feet.. 

KIRA HATCHER said:

Saints of God need to go back to the old church, where there was kneeling at the alter, praying and having tarrying services before God....Going boldly before the throne of grace, calling things as though they were not.....fasting and praying until you got your answer.....

Men ought to always pray!! This Word is so needed for the day and time that we are living in, where some of the churches and leaders have become Circus Masters for pure entertainment, with the people leaving entertained but bond,sick,oppressed,depressed,etc. We have to get back to prayer and fervent, effectual prayer. Casting down strong holds and demonic forces. Lord help us!

I think the way saints can walk as effective prayer warriors is by understanding that we must yield the floor to the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:26 tells us plainly that we don't know what we should pray for, and that the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf. 

Of course we are to do all that we know to do. Speak God's word back to Him. Hold on to and stand fast and firm on His promises. Loose, bind, rebuke, cast down. And after we have done all of that... we must then realize that the power that operates in us is not our own.

I often see minister's of God lauded with accolades because of how fervent a prayer they've send up. And that's all well and good, if that prayer is received of God.

I totally agree with everything that's been said before... and definitely with Shawn Love-Williams who said, "some of the churches and leaders have become Circus Masters for pure entertainment, with the people leaving entertained but bond,sick,oppressed,depressed,etc.".

That is such an unfortunate truth, but truth just the same. Many have lost focus. James 4:2-3 tells us that we have not because we ask not... and when we do ask, we ask with the wrong intentions and motives, We ask so that we can use whatever it is to pursue our lusts. When we pray for people to be blessed.. do we truly want them to be blessed for their own sake... or for ours? Do we want them then to turn around and pat us on our backs or do we want them to praise God? Do we want them blessed so they can turn around and make a nice good will offering? Hmmm... I think the only thing we know for sure is that it truly is time for change.


Pastor, Teyshana Wiley... said:

Amen Lashawn, that is the same thing. I said when I read and studied this myself before I post it. It is time for the saints of God to get back on their post. What do you think that a saint can do to walk as an effective prayer warrior? Explain why?

Lashawn Law said:

We hear often that the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous availeth much... but until I read this, lain out in all simplicity, has it really taken hold.  

The church has gotten away from praying. Prayer is communication with God. Sincere elements of prayer and adoration(matt 6:9-13),its confession(1john 1:9),supplication(1tim 2:1-3),intercession(james 5:15),and thanksgiving(Philp4:6). If we God's people would (2 Chron 7:14) If my people who are called by my name,shall humble themselves,and pray,and seek my face,and turn from their wicked ways;then will I heaer from heaven, and will forgive their sins,and will heal their lands.(15) Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. Prayer changes situations. Man should not faint but always pray. We should be talking to God on a daily basis throughiut the day. This way we are building a relationship with Him. He will give us directions if we fast, pray and meditate and read Gods word.

 

Amen, I love everyone feedback this is such an awesome discussion. You women of God, are hungry and on point about the word of God...

As the body of Christ we have some work to do. We are in the end time and it is time for us to take serious our callings and walk in them with power. It is time for us to prayer like never before. There are some who are taking this serious. We have a church here in Jacksonville that is next to my church that has prayer at 6am on Saturdays. It is a very small church but they have people showing up for prayer that are not members. The last count I got was 104 people showed up. My God that is powerful for 6 am on a Saturday morning.

much prayer much power. we as the 21 century church must go back to being on our knees and face to really  hear what God is saying to the church. I must repent for not being in prayer as much as I need to be. I must die to the flesh more.

 PRAYER is the sincere desire of the Heart. If we are going to win the battle we are going to have to resume the position on our prayer bones ( our knees) Much prayer, much power, little prayer little power, No prayer NO POWER.Prayer is the key that unlocks the door to God's heart. The word of God says Men should always pray and not faint, Praying without ceasing, that mean continually. all day, everyday, when ever you think about it.  Making our petitions known unto God. He'll keep us in perfect peace whose minds is stayed on him, Early will I seek His face when I rise, We've got to go back to laying out prostate before the Lord in Prayer and Supplication, Adoration, confession, Intersession and Thanksgiving. We can't help anyone are ourselves without a strong prayer life. (2 Chron. 7:14 ) "If my people which are called by name shall humble themselves and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,,Then will I hear from heaven,, and I will forgive there sins and heal their Land. The land is sick, the land is hurting, we need God to heal the land. Saints we need to Pray like never before. Get Back to Praying like Never before. Prayer works. If my grandmother and the Saints had not prayed for me I wouldn't be here Pray for the souls, the sick and the hurting, everywhere, everyday. according to the will of God. 

I think that we need to be like the Apostles and understand why prayer is necessary and how it goes hand in hand with ministry. Prayer is so powerful and it works when you commit, the word od God even says that when any two should touch and agree in prayer he is also their in the mist. I truly learned something from this passage of ready that I did not look at in this matter and that is "preachers are preeminetly God's leaders,they are primarily responsible for conditions of the church, they shape the character, give tone and direction to it's life. Everything really depends on the leaders, the church makes or is made by it's leaders". We need spirituall leaders in place to pray for the church wthout ceasing, leaders who are spiritually and not wordly.

I think leaders should keep the church lifted up in prayer in this day and time because it seems like to me that the church is trying to bring more and more of the world into the church, it's time to pray without ceasing like the Apostles and leaders in the old testment Bible. Praying until a powerful move of god takes place mightly in the men and women of God's life, until he gives us a rheema word from heaven, pray until people are saved with power, until god hand move powerfully and might in the mist of his people.

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