As you know from previous articles, Yahweh has been teaching me a great deal on the importance and power of Prayer. As I sit here thinking over all He has taught me this past month especially, I must admit, I’m in awe. I always knew I was to pray, it wasn’t that. I may not have known how He wanted me to pray at times, but I always knew I was suppose to. But where I struggled was in realizing the power of prayer and the importance of prayer! Yahweh doesn’t command us to pray for naught! And Satan doesn’t try to get us to ignore prayer, for naught! There is a reason that he trembles and fights so very hard, when we pray!
Last month, while I was serving down south, I borrowed a book (which I now own) called “A Journey to Victorious Praying…Finding Discipline and Delight in Your Prayer Life” by Bill Thrasher. I had never even heard of him before, but the title drew me to pick it up, and when I saw that my precious older friend, Elisabeth Elliot (now Elisabeth Gren) recommended it, I immediately decided that I wanted to read it. This is what she said about it “As a born worry wart, like my father, I have had to learn to seek his face to find strength. I wholeheartily agree with Dr. Thrasher that, ‘in God’s kindness he instructs us how to process our anxiety’. I pray that this book blesses many.” I also knew I needed more help in this area of my life, so I began to read it, and wow! I must admit, I haven’t been disappointed at all with this book. It has been so challenging in many ways, eye opening, and encouraging as I try to become the prayer warrior I know Yahweh has called me to be. And since I wasn’t able to finish it while serving down yonder, I really felt like I needed to buy it so that I could. Yes, it’s $8.99 on Amazon…but it’s truly worth every penny, atleast I have thought so!
But, onto what He has taught me and some of the ways He has blessed me through it. I hope in sharing this, it will richly bless your own lives.
For weeks before I left, I really felt like Yahweh told me to wake at midnight and pray for my beloved husband, and those He also layed on my heart. I wasn’t sure why that particular time, but I knew for some reason, I needed to. For myself, I really felt like I was to pray fand intercede for him (as well as the others He brought to my mind) for 30 minutes. There were times when I will admit, it was hard to convince myself to wake and leave my bed…but I knew that it would be hard ahead of time, as I knew that Satan was going to try to hinder this time. And I soon found that I so looked forward to that time and was sad to see it come to a close and was time for me to return to my bed.
But, then something happened and this is what I want to write about. I share only what I did, because it just amazes me how mysteriously Yahweh works at times! Little did I ever realize back then, what I would need shortly after and it truly humbled me! It began the weeks following my time serving down south. I was serving an elderly precious friend and her husband and it became obvious that midnight was going to be a time that those I was serving, as well as myself, was going to need to be bathed in prayer! It just seemed that it was when Satan attacked us the most. And emotionally, it was a battle ground for me, as I struggled with not knowing what the future may hold and it bringing back to my mind so many memories of the past when I served another family, which I wasn’t expecting at all. I just felt so helpless and so weak as we wondered what each minute and each day, would bring our way.
But then God’s people started praying. It wasn’t the end. It was just the beginning! The nights, instead of being dreaded, became a place that I felt so secure, so peaceful, and so full of strength in. I knew that no matter what happened, I wasn’t alone. Yahweh was right there with us. And we truly began to see Yahweh working on our behalf…and to say it was exciting, was an understatement!
But it didn’t stop there. Each night, the girl serving with me and I , and also whoever might be spending the nights with us, found ourselves in prayer together. It was a time that we drew close to Yahweh and close to each other as we shared our hearts in prayer and praise! And I realized more than ever before, the importance and power of prayer! The importance of God’s people getting on their knees for others, bathing them in prayer, beseeching the throne of Yahweh on their behalf!! And the power of it…as Yahweh answered one prayer after another! It was so amazing, so awe inspiring, so wonderful! But it left me so humbled and convicted, as I began to realize that I should have been praying like this, for so many, many years!
Thoughts began to flood my mind. Was the reason that we were accomplishing so little in the Kingdom of Yahweh, because we lacked being humble and getting upon our knees in prayer? Was Yahweh waiting for us to take the first step? Remember the passage in scripture when the angle was disbatched, but it took him 21 days to break through and get to Daniel? Yet, Yahweh heard and began to answer his prayer from the first day…but can you imagine if Daniel stopped praying? Would the angel have ever gotten to him? (Daniel 10:12-13 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.)
It also reminded me about how we don’t fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of darkness! (Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”)
So why is it that we (I) seldom really and truly beseech Yahweh on our (my) knees? Is it because we (I) truly don’t believe there is power in prayer? Is it that we (I) think our (my) prayers are not important to Him? For His word teaches us just the opposite! Proverbs 15:8 says, “… but the prayer of the upright is his delight.” Do we think that He doesn’t hear our prayers? Proverbs 15:29 says “Yahweh is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.” Psalms 66:19-20 says “But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.” Again we can see in Psalms 6:9 “Yahweh hath heard my supplication; Yahweh will receive my prayer.” I love how David puts it in Psalms 143:1 “A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, Yahweh, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.” and again Psalms 141:2 “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
I realized for my own life, one of the reasons that I have truly not understood the power of prayer, was because I had allowed Satan to convince me in the past that it didn’t really matter…Yahweh was in control anyhow. Sure, I prayed. But certainly not as much or as faithful as I should have been! This is how, I believe, we go to battle with the powers of darkness! It’s upon our knees! This is how we receive breakthroughs in our lives. We need to get past the thinking, my precious sisters, that our God is not one of Might and Strength…but we must begin to realize that He DELIGHTS in, yes, YOUR (OUR) prayers! He hears our prayers. He answers our prayers! But are we willing to pray, if need be, for 21 days as Yahweh disbatches His angels on behalf of us? Will we lose hope and quit a little short of victory? What if His answer is only minutes away? Will we not receive, because we stopped asking?