Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, here I am. Isaiah 58; 14: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it (Isaiah 58:9). It must never be forgotten that Almighty God rules this world. He is not an absentee God. Nothing is more important to God than prayer in dealing with mankind. But it is likewise all-important to man to pray. Failure to pray is failure along the whole line of life. It is failure of duty, service, and spiritual progress. God must help man by prayer. He who does not pray, therefore, robs himself of Gods help and places God where He cannot help man. Man must pray to God if love for God is to exist. Faith and hope, aid patience and all the strong, beautiful, vital forces of piety are withered and dead in a prayerless life. The life of an individual believer, his/her personal salvation, and personal Christian graces has their being, bloom (flourish) and fruitage in prayer. Prayer concerns God, whose purposes and plans are conditioned on prayer. His will and His glory are bound up in praying. God’s great movements in this world have been conditioned on, continued and fashioned by prayer. Present, prevailing, conspicuous and mastering prayer has always brought God to be present. The real and obvious test of a genuine work of God is the prevalence of the spirit of prayer. God’s mightiest forces surcharge (extra) and impregnate (saturate) a movement when prayer forces are there. God’s movement to bring Israel from Egyptian bondage had its inception in prayer. Thus early did God and the human race put the fact of prayer as one of the granite forces upon which His world movements were to be based. Hannah’s petition for a son began with a great prayer movement for God in Israel. Men born of prayer are the saviors of the state (city), and men saturated with prayer give life and impetus (forward motion) to the Church. Under God they are saviors and helpers of both Church and state. That record of God has been given without doubt that we may be deeply impressed that the prayers of Gods saints are a great factor, a supreme factor, in carrying forward Gods work, with facility and in time. When the Church is in the condition of prayer Gods cause always flourishes and His kingdom on earth always triumphs. When the Church fails to pray, Gods cause decays and evil of every kind prevails. In other words, God works through the prayers of His people, and when they fail Him at this point, decline and deadness ensue (result). It is according to the divine plans that spiritual prosperity comes through the prayer-channel. Praying saints are Gods agents for carrying on His saving and providential work on earth. If His agents fail Him, neglecting to pray, then His work fails. Praying agents of the Most High are always forerunners of spiritual prosperity.
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