Shake By Prayer

A small boy was saying his bedtime prayers with his grandmother. He went through the normal prayer and continued to pray, for quite a few minutes. Finally when he finished and got up his grandmother, who’s curiosity was piqued, asked, “Honey, why did you pray so long?” the little boy looked up with childish innocence and all the sincerity he had and answered, “I heard that, ‘Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees’ so I was going to give him a good shaking”
What great faith that little boy had in prayer. Prayer is our connection to God. Our hotline to heaven. It is direct contact with God.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:18 that we are to be, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…” What a command to pray always, not just to pray always but to pray in our praying. John Wesley the faithful man of God and founder of the Methodist wrote on this verse, “Praying always – At all times, and on every occasion, in midst of all employments, inwardly praying without ceasing.”
Oh what prayer can do,

An unknown author said it so well when they put it into this powerful poem;

“Prayer has divided seas rolled up flowing rivers and caused flinted rocks to rush into fountains,
Prayer has quenched the violence of the flames of fire and muzzled lions and disarmed vipers and poisonous snakes
It has marshaled the stars against the wicked and stopped the moon and arrested the sun it its rapid pace.
Prayer has burst open iron gates, conquered the strongest devils and commanded legions of angels down from heaven.
Prayer has bridled and chained the raging passions of men and routed and destroyed vast armies of proud blustering daring infidels and atheists.
Prayer has brought one man up from the bottom of the sea, and carried another in a chariot of fire into heaven.
Abram’s servant prayed and Rebecca appeared.
Jacob prayed and Esau threw his arms around his neck instead of plunging a dagger into his heart.
Moses prayed and Amalek was defeated.
Joshua prayed and Achan was discovered.
Hannah prayed and Samuel was born.
Asa prayed and a victory was gained.
Jehoshaphat cried to God and his foes were turned away.
Isaiah and Hezekiah prayed and 185 thousand Assyrians were dead in 12 hours.
Daniel prayed and the lions were muzzled, He prayed again and the 70 weeks were revealed.
Mordecai and Esther fasted and prayed and Haman was hanged.
Ezra prayed and God answered.
Nehemiah simply started a prayer and the King’s heart was softened in a minute.
Elijah prayed and a drought of 3 yrs. Succeeded . He prayed again and the rains started apace.
Elisha prayed and the Jordan was divided. He prayed again and the soul of a child came back to life.
The Church ardently prayed and Peter was delivered by an angel. Surely God’s hands are opened or bound as we pray.
Man’s extremity is still God’s opportunity, for God never never fails.” (Author unknown)
 
 

T.M. Anderson wrote in his book Prayer Availeth Much “I am convinced that the people of God have not explored the boundless possibilities of prayer.”
What a privilege is ours if we will only take advantage of it today. Won’t you spend some extra time in prayer today? It is our only hope of revival. It is our only hope of renewal. .It our only hope of restoration. We can vote our values till we are blue in the face, we can lobby congress till we outlaw every evil thing, we can promote good clean morals until every evil thing is out of sight. But I guarantee you our only hope for America is found in this little weapon of PRAYER & REVIVAL. Lets pray in our praying and give the devil a good shaking today.

How To Pray For One Hour – Mark Eckart

This article was taken from God’s Revivalist and Bible Advocate in the Winter 2014 Issue. Special thanks to God’s Revivalist and Bible Advocate for giving me permission to use this article in my blog.  It not only inspired me to take a closer look at my prayer life, but also a way to keep my prayer life from becoming a rut, or boring.

First let me say that we want to shy away from legalism anytime we talk about spiritual formation topics. It is so easy to fall in the trap that if I just do these ten things or follow this specific regimen, then I will certainly be in God’s favor. On the other hand, some Christians are so lackadaisical that they never make any effort to seek God earnestly. It is interesting the interaction Jesus had with His disciples about this topic: “Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak’” (Mark 14:37-38).

Here is a good way to spend some time with God, whether it is for an hour or not. However, it does
work well to spend 15 minutes on each section.

 

PRAISE
About 140 times in Scripture it talks about how we should give worship and praise to God. The book of Psalms itself is full of this admonition to praise God. For example, “He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen” (Deut. 10:21). This verse alone should get us blessed. Think of scores of other admonitions throughout
the Bible encouraging us to praise God! You could take a whole hour just on this point.


REPENT

As Wesleyan-Arminians, we don’t believe you have to practice sin as a Christian. When you get
saved and sanctified, it changes you and your desires so you don’t want to sin and hurt your relationship with God. However, this does not mean that there is not room for confession

in the life of a believer. With all of the strengths of the holiness movement, this has been one of our

weaknesses. That is, to believe that once you are saved that you never need to confess anything to God or others. The practice of confession is stated clearly in James 5:16: “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another….”

ASK
Often by this point in your prayer time you will be feeling great. You have spent time giving God the praise He deserves and have confessed any sin or fault that He brings to your attention. Too many of us just plop on our knees with our “wish list” to tell God all that we need and never take the time to cover these two very important before-mentioned steps. The good news is that God wants us to ask Him for our needs and even our wants. Repeatedly in Scripture we are invited to come to God and
are told that He cares about our needs and situations. A favorite reference to illustrate this is found in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seek finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matt. 7:7-11)

YIELD

Don’t make the mistake of believing that the sanctified no longer have anything to yield to Christ. Even though consecration is a major part of that work of grace in the life of a believer, the reality is there are things that come into all lives continually that we still need to be yielding to Christ. What a beautiful thing it is to finish your prayer time by just reminding God that you totally belong to
Him. Even though none of us deserve it, ask God to make you a conduit of His grace for that day to those who are hurting and need a hand. You will yield your time, treasures, and talent to Him once again. The other day I was leaving a restaurant with my wife. There was a sign in the window that said, “Prayer is the world’s greatest wireless connection!” I agree, so I invite you to P.R.A.Y.
 

Scriptures printed in article are taken from the NKJVArticle written by  Dr. Mark S.F. Eckart  (GBS BRE ’83), District Superintendent of the

Indiana South District of The Wesleyan Church, formerly served as a faculty member and Dean of Students at God’s Bible School.