Moment of Transformation:
INTERCESSORY PRAYERS FOR SOULS
Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19
I remember in Battle Creek when there were those who felt the burden for the unconverted, and those who were in darkness and saw no light; then prayer meetings were appointed that they might make the strength of God their strength. In every case the heavenly intelligences worked with these efforts and souls were saved.
If there is a large number in the church, let the members be formed into small companies, to work not only for the church members, but for unbelievers. If in one place there are only two or three who know the truth, let them form themselves into a band of workers. Let them keep their bond of union unbroken, pressing together in love and unity, encouraging one another to advance, each gaining courage and strength from the assistance of the others. Let them reveal Christlike forbearance and patience, speaking no hasty words, using the talent of speech to build one another up in the most holy faith. Let them labor in Christlike love for those outside the fold…. As they work and pray in Christ’s name, their numbers will increase.
There is home missionary work that is to be done, and we hear the plea, So long as there is so much sin and such need of labor in our own country, why manifest such zeal for foreign countries? I answer, Our field is the world…. The Saviour directed His disciples to begin their work in Jerusalem, and then pass on through Judea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost
part of the earth. Only a small proportion of the people accepted the doctrine; but the messengers bore the message rapidly from place to place, passing from country to country, lifting the standard of the gospel in all the near and far-off places of the earth. But there was a preparatory work. The Saviour’s promise was, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me.” Those who will not follow their own will and desires, but seek counsel of the Lord, will not be dull scholars for the Lord will teach them.
Ellen G. White, Maranatha, p. 38 – January 30
Quote of the Day “There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer.” Beth Moore
Did You Know?
Although prayer can (and should) be done from any bodily position, the Bible lists five specific postures: Sitting (2 Sam 7:18), standing (Mark 11:25), kneeling (Chronicles 6:13; Daniel 6:10; Luke 22:41; Acts 7:60, 9:40, 20:36, 21:5; Ephesians 3:14), with one’s face to the ground (Matthew 26:39; Mark 14:35), and with hands lifted up (1 Timothy 2:8)
However, since our warfare is against Satan and the spiritual forces of evil, we may call down our curses upon them. How can we do that? In a number of ways. Perhaps the most dramatic way we can pray against Satan is to pray for the conversion of unbelievers. Indeed, evangelism is the primary form of Christian Holy War against the powers of darkness. The New Testament teaches us that those who are not devoted to Christ are slaves of Satan. When such a slave becomes a Christian, he or she dies, that is, the old man dies. The new man is raised with Christ (Col 2:6 23). We should also know that when we pray for Christ to come again, we are praying for the final destruction of Satan and his followers, both human and spiritual.
Tremper Longman III, How to Read the Psalms (Downers Grove, IL; Nottingham, England: IVP Academic; Inter-Varsity Press, 1988), 139 – 140.
What actions could you take today to use the power of prayer as an evangelistic tool?
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