The church is to be active and militant in this world. We are not called to sit around and wait for heaven or the Lord’s second coming. As the hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers says, “Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war, with the Cross of Jesus going on before. Christ the royal Master leads against the foe; forward into battle, see His banner go!” The church is to be weaponized, but what are the weapons that we bring into battle? The most powerful weapon we have is the most neglected. It is the weapon of prayer. In Ephesians 6:18 it says, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,” We are to have perseverance and petition for the saints. Just do not give up in prayer, just keep praying. Tom Elliff was a Southern Baptist pastor for many years, then a missionary and then the president of the International Mission Board of the S.B.C. He is known for his amazing prayer life. Recently he wrote some insights into his personal prayer life. Let me share these 7 daily prayer points with you.
- Pray for a looming sense of the presence of God in your life throughout the day. In Proverbs 5:21 it says, “For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He watches all his paths.”
- Pray for a pure heart. Keep short accounts with the Lord and with one another. Be a quick confessor.
- Pray for the fullness of the Spirit. To be full of the Spirt means to be controlled by the Spirit.
- Pray for the gifts and graces of the Spirit. The gifts for service are found in I Corinthians 12 and the graces of the Spirit are found in Galatians 5:22-23.
- Pray that you would do nothing that would give the Adversary an opportunity to mock your Lord. Satan is the great accuser. He is constantly seeking to discredit the work of God. Do not give him a foot hold in your life.
- Pray for your immediate family serving the Lord. The greatest Christian life is lived in service. We have a sacred trust to pray for our families. Pray for them to find a place of service.
- Pray that the Lord would keep you true to the vision He has for you. The vision of God for Tom Elliff was this, “A multitude from every language, tribe and nation knowing and worshipping the Lord.” What is the vision he has given you? Pray that you would be true to His vision for you.Thomas Lye once said, “I had rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous.” The church’s most powerful weapon is prayer. May we use it to the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.
Rev. Richard Humphries
Pastoral Care & Sr. Adult Minister