Stones have been laid to lead the way for future travellers. Through the ages men and women have explored the deep regions of God’s word and will, leaving marks for their spiritual children to follow.
Modernism would like to remove these hard won milestones and replace them with methods and managerial frameworks.
But God’s ways have never changed.
God has chosen the foolishness of preaching to reach the masses, and the folly of prayer to empower the preacher! Our message is only magnified through the focussed lens of prayer. Much of the spiritual activity today has been drained of power because it is deprived of prayer.
It is wise in our day to look to our forefathers and learn from their ways.
“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.” (Proverbs [22:28] KJV)
E M Bounds timeless writings on prayer are just as relevant today as the day they were penned.
Finney’s flaming essays on fasting, prayer, faith, and revival, still stir men and women to active service and carry the same convicting unction now as they did centuries ago.
Wesley Duewel’s essays on Mighty Prevailing Prayer still stirs men to rise to their call.
Oswald J Smith’s, The Revival We Need, lays a stone in the road that we cannot dare ignore.
Not to mention Spurgeon, Wesley, Ravenhill, Murray, Howells, John Lake, and Tozer.
Too many to mention.
Each laid their milestones on the road for us to follow.
Today we stand on their shoulder’s, and each and every one of them teaches one standout truth.
Battles are won, and beasts are beaten, on our knees.
The greatest wars of the new world we now find ourselves living in will not be fought with tanks or vaccinations. They will be waged in the heavenlies, wrestling men’s souls from the teeth of godless culture.
This war on unbelieving liberalism and self-deceived humanism is blazing around us right now. Thought bombs are dropping, but are we retaliating? Are we picking up the swords handed to us by our father’s and learning the art of prayer?
In the words of one of those great father’s whom we follow to the bloody field:
“What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use – men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men – men of prayer.” E M Bounds, Power Through Prayer
If words such as this are not stones hewed from the fleshy tables of the heart and laid for us to follow, I do not know what is.
As humiliating at it may be, as humbling as it sounds, prayer alone is the only enduring weapon the Lord left in our hands. All else depends upon its diligent exercise.
All our methods, our machinery, our ministry, is empty without it.