Enjoying the Journey
Over the last several weeks I have had the privilege of meeting so many praying people. I have been honored and humbled to meet people who I do not know and hear them say, “I pray for you every day.” Never in my life have I felt more the need for intercessory prayer!
D.L. Moody wrote, “I have noticed, in traveling up and down the country, and after mingling with a great many ministers, that it is not the man who can preach the best that is the most successful, but the man who knows how to get his people together to pray. If the man who is your minister preaches the gospel, you stand by him; pray for him. What a help it is for a man who is preaching to have a lot of people in the pews praying for him.”
Last night I preached God’s Word. I felt that I did not do a very good job. (Every preacher will understand what I mean!) Yet, at the end of the meeting God moved in a special way. There was a spirit of prayer and people crying out to God. Praying is more important than preaching, for if we pray as we should we will preach as we should. Preaching can only be done by one at a time, but praying can be done by all of us at the same time!
In meetings night after night it is evident if someone has been praying. There is no substitute for it! Not promotion. Not preparation. Not polish. Nothing.
I read again this week the story of Charles Spurgeon touring a group of visitors through his church and taking them to the boiler room. Everyone was puzzled why the famous preacher would want them to see such a room! Then he explained that it was in this room where a number of faithful members gathered to pray for him as he delivered his messages.
Your church needs a boiler room! Your pastor needs your prayers. “Brethren, pray for us” (1 Thess. 5:25).
For many of you who pray for us day after day, thank you. God bless you for laboring with us for souls and revival. God is answering your prayer and your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
For all of you who love the Lord’s work, pray for God’s servants as they preach the gospel.
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