Everyone who reads my blog regularly knows how much I love C.H. Spurgeon. This year I am posting his Faith’s Checkbook everyday. If you read it everyday on December 31st you will have read them all. Today’s post by Spurgeon is very similar to the thought I have been thinking on for the past 24 hours.
I am going to use the text that Spurgeon used for this mornings devotion, but I could find many throughout the Bible in both Testaments equally well.
“But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen”. (Hosea 1:7)
The world that we live in is saturated with evil. Many are affected by the events of a few. Christians today are in a very fierce warfare with darkness much like Judah was in in the passage above. Ultimately we know how it’s going to play out, but in the here and now there are many victories to be ours through our mighty Jehovah. And what is our greatest way to victory? It is through PRAYER!!!
I’m not speaking of only a general prayer that God will bless us, and our household, and those we love. I am speaking of a dedicated, bold prayer that God will deliver, or heal, or revive that huge issue we are praying for. The writer to the Hebrews instructs us “to come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. (Hebrews 4:16)
Today, we are in need! It is God’s help that we are in need of in so many areas. I think many huge events occurring in our world today will not be solved by diplomacy, or warfare, or by throwing money at it. The only hope that we have is in Jehovah-Sabaoth, The Lord of Host, the omnipotent God of Heaven. There will be no other way.
So how should we pray? We must pray fervently and specifically with expectation that God will answer our prayers. We don’t want to be like the church in Acts 12 praying for Peter’s release from prison. God had answered their prayer and when Peter knocked at Mary’s door where they were praying and it was reported to them by Rhoda they told her she was mad. Peter continues to knock at the door and then they believed it must be Peter’s angel. How much did they really believe what they were praying for was going to occur. Not much I would say.
Are we any different? I would say NO!!! I want to dedicate myself to this type of prayer, and I want to challenge each one of you to dedicate yourselves to praying like this. And don’t be surprised to see some big things happen.
Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,