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We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. h�̗mo�0���?n�oq�HhR�����E�}��"��4�=w;u�� �"/ν�|~b�2M�`2�LJhi�d��=gJ)&�`���̢܂L�:�Im t&M�*x������2-%�d��{�G|ꪯ0��g��d�|�g��fQ���}5��7� �� �>>�ͺ=�K�P�?�O�;4*]�h@$;8�(V�`ꊅ��i�~�/�];���)�K�����r+G�̾|j�b:9�?���|,:dz���-Z��J�`���K$�iq=u��eV�|�:Ց�)�TŲaZфNN67�R���)!�$��X�շ�Q]�a')+��RQH���d��dS-H6kk�ί��M�**������EU�G�e��֭��r����ӭ��vS��~F�4Ǔ�qh�֊�+ףuS�ϓ�n�ӫ���&�p Prayer is the great, universal force to advance Gods cause; the reverence which hallows Gods name; the ability to do Gods will, and the establishment of Gods kingdom in the hearts of the children of men. p��аF��Bt�Нq� As praying men are a help to God, so prayerless men are a hindrance to Him. . Many instances occur in Gods Word showing that God intervenes in this world in answer to prayer. Prayer is revealed as a direct application to God for some temporal or spiritual good. Everywhere in His Word His actions and attitude are shaped by prayer. God is recognized as the source and fountain of all good, and prayer implies that all His good is held in His keeping for those who call upon Him in truth. Prayer, with its antecedents and attendants, is the one and only condition of the final triumph of the Gospel. Even the fishes of the great deep are subject to the law of prayer. These, and their co-incidents and agencies, are created and affected by prayer. Prayer is not often regarded as a weapon by many Christians in their daily lives. Jonah flees from duty and takes ship for a distant port. Pestilence came among the people in violent form, and David betakes himself to prayer. They tie divine hands and interfere with God in His gracious designs. All things whatsoever ye ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive, says Jesus, and this all comprehensive condition not only presses us to pray for all things, everything great and small, but it sets us on and shuts us up to God, for who but God can cover the illimitable of universal things, and can assure us certainly of receiving the very thing for which we may ask in all the Thesaurus of earthly and heavenly good? No exhortation is oftener reiterated, none is more hearty, none is more solemn and stirring, than to pray. The fires of prayer have burned low. endstream endobj 163 0 obj <>stream The passage in Isaiah (chapter 46) is too lengthy to be quoted in its entirety but it is well worth reading. The sword - God's word - tells us that we need to pray, constantly, consistently and about everything. �0��+��`cb�G+"H�Kn�/kJL!-�z7�����2z`pA�O-�8�nht)Z�D In II Chronicles 7:12-15 we read as follows: And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself, for a house of sacrifice. None but God could put Himself in a covenant so binding as that, for God only could fulfil such a promise and could reach to its exacting and all controlling demands. It is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who makes demands on us to pray, and it is He who puts Himself and all He has so fully in the answer. It shows further how God is moved to work in answer to prayer in this world even when it comes to changing His purposes concerning a sinful community. Let thy hand, I pray thee, O Lord my God, be on me, and on my fathers house; but not on thy people; that they should be plagued (I Chron. �.�-Y�U'EΌ�'�I�0�I�} 8 The Word of God dilates on the results and necessity of prayer. Prayer is the divinely appointed means by which man comes into direct connection with God. God interposed among the birds of the air this time and strangely moved them to take care of His servant so that he would not want food and water. Prayer: A powerful secret weapon (Click to listen to an audio recording of this article: Prayer: A powerful secret weapon) Check out the “Living the Gospel” podcast episode based on this article! The subject is too important for repetition to weaken or tire, too vital to be trite or tame. ����[d���-�u��@t�F�DI�܁����6��!����� ���m�< ��^C�>���������Owwe�=�kMW��� K�&�0�}��אҝ��L����7~W�B��9|F�XqCDPg!>���!��9�����q"�������t��Q�q}Dw�L���Ɵ���`'�(. But God follows him, and by a strange providence this disobedient prophet is cast out of the vessel, and the God who sent him to Nineveh prepares a fish to swallow him. If ye shall ask anything in My Name, I will do it. But alas! Prayer is a weapon that “have divine power to demolish strongholds. If you have an immediate prayer need, please call our 24-hour prayer line at 800-700-7000. God stays and answers as long as Abraham stays and asks. The Weapon of Prayer. Even I it is that hath sinned and done evil indeed. Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. God bestows His great good on His children when they seek it along the avenue of prayer. Without prayer, the Gospel can neither be preached effectively, promulgated faithfully, experienced in the heart, nor be practiced in the life. But as for these sheep, what have they done? The Weapon of Prayer E. M. Bounds www.biblesnet.com - Online Christian Library 3 of prayer God¶s cause always flourishes and His kingdom on earth always triumphs. Prayer puts God to work in all things prayed for. H�,L� He stood before God in solemn awe, and meditation, and then drew near to God and spake. Memoranda, notes, sermon writing, sermon making, were alien to Him. By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. If he did not save Sodom by his importunate praying, the purposes of God were stayed for a season, and possibly had not Abrahams goodness of heart over-estimated the number of pious people in that devoted city, God might have saved it had he reduced his figures still further. How full of meaning is this series of remarkable intercessions made by Abraham! In His purposes concerning the Jews in the Babylonish captivity (Jer. The sword - God's word - tells us that we need to pray, constantly, consistently and about everything. That be far from thee to slay the righteous with the wicked. That purpose of God must be changed. In Bible terminology prayer means calling upon God for things we desire, asking things of God. His nephew and family resided there. It seems that Abraham had a kind of optimistic view of the piety of Sodom. %PDF-1.6 %���� %%EOF Let these fundamental truths concerning God and prayer be kept in mind in all allusions to prayer, and in all our reading of the incidents of prayer in the Scriptures. Thus while prayer moves God to work, at the same time God puts prayer to work. God declares His purpose, power, independence and defiance of obstacles in the way of Him carrying out those purposes. Weapon of Prayer - Edward M Bounds - Free E-book - KJV Bible - Share Bible Verses - Offline - Easy Zoom - Prayer Request And more!!!! The question might arise just here in some over-critical minds as to the so-called laws of nature, who are not strong believers in prayer, as there was a conflict between what they call the laws of nature and the law of prayer. While man in his weakness and poverty waits, trusts and prays, God undertakes the work. 50:15). It concerns My cause. He advanced step by step in faith, in demand and urgency, and God granted every request which he made. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth, and there were voices, and thunderings and lightnings and an earthquake. God may set aside one law for the higher working of another law, and this He may do when He answers prayer. Prophets and apostles have urged the utility, force and necessity of prayer. What a wonderful reach there is in prayer! The work of God stays or advances as prayer puts forth its strength. Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. This is the doctrine of prayer, or else there is nothing whatever in prayer. The Revelation of John was His last utterance. endstream endobj 164 0 obj <>stream Connect with CBN's prayer center - let us pray for you! Prayer is the thing that opens the true lines of communication with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We press the Scriptural view of the necessity of prayer, even at the cost of repetition. H��U4�����a�� 5.Cr�|�K(D��q���L��=3���!��]��9�>E[�$I�vVj+�!��.(�)Gv+�?. In his final request he surely thought that with Lot, his wife, his daughters, his sons, and his sons-in-law, he had his ten righteous persons for whose sake God would spare the city. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto You. The Weapon of Prayer by E. M. Bounds- The crisis is similar were a country to face an invading foe it cannot fight & have no knowledge of the weapons whereby war is to be waged. But whether or not we understand it, God is over and above all nature, and can and will answer prayer in a wise, intelligent and just manner, even though man may not comprehend it. Prayer is a specific divine appointment, an ordinance of heaven, whereby God purposes to carry out His gracious designs on earth and to execute and make efficient the plan of salvation. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Some accused me of using prayer for our president as a propaganda tool. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”- 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5. endstream endobj startxref These people make nature a sort of imaginary god entirely separate of Almighty God. God sent him to the brook Cherith, and said unto him, It shall be that thou shalt drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. CBN is a global ministry committed to preparing the nations of the world for the coming of Jesus Christ through mass media. Prayer is the instrument, God is the efficient and active agent. It brings into play the forces of heaven and earth. This is why God loves it so well, why He puts all power into its hands, and why He so highly esteems. We must feel it anew. Ashes and not flames are on its altars. There’s that word supplication again, which means specific prayer requests. 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