One of the greatest preachers who ever lived was a man named Charles Spurgeon. He pastored a church in London during the late 1800s called the Metropolitan Tabernacle.
There were five young men who wanted to hear Spurgeon preach, so they travelled to London. They arrived early for a Sunday morning service but found that the doors were locked. While waiting for the place to open, they were greeted by a man who asked, “Gentlemen, is this your first time here?” They told him it was. “Well, let me show you around.”
The man brought them inside the church. He then asked, “Would you like to see how we heat the church?” They weren’t really interested because it was a hot day in July, but they didn’t want to offend the stranger so they consented. They were then taken down a stairway, a door was quietly opened, and their guide whispered and pointed, “This is how we heat the church.”
Surprised, the young men saw hundreds of people throughout the room kneeling in prayer. They could hear people calling on the Lord and asking for His blessing. Softly closing the door, the man put out his hand then introduced himself. It was Pastor Charles Spurgeon.
The Greatest Use of Your Faith
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
Satan isn’t troubled by us having discussions about the Bible, or voicing complaints to each other about the horrible state of today’s culture. These things do nothing to unleash the power of God. But a Believer who understands the power of prayer is formidable threat.
God’s people can conquer anything by through faith, and the prayer of faith is the most valuable, most powerful, and most far-reaching exercise of our faith. Is it any wonder that Satan does his best to take this weapon from the Believer, or hinder him from using it?
The first century church, and all other victorious believers throughout time, had one instinct: PRAY. When in trouble: PRAY. When intimidated: PRAY. When uncertain: PRAY. When persecuted: PRAY.
Prayer Changes Things…and People
“Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.” (Psalms 80:18)
As we open up our lives to God’s power, He WILL begin to revive us, however things may not follow a predetermined schedule or order. Who can outline what God has in mind? But one thing’s for sure, God has not changed. He is still superior to anything the enemy can throw against us. No situation is too hopeless for the power that the prayer of faith accesses.
God will be no more eager to respond tomorrow than He is right now. He is waiting for you to take His promises seriously and go boldly to the throne of grace, and call on Him in prayer. Things will change, including you!