Prayer is greatly needed in the Church, the body of Christ today, and in the human society as a whole, is a genuine, God-sent revival. It is either revival or revolution, if it is a revolution, it will plunge human society and civilization into chaos and utter confusion. We are living in a time of widespread apostasy. This may be the last apostasy from which we will be saved by the return of our Lord Jesus to this earth to take the reins of government into His own thoroughly competent hands. That would, of course, be the greatest and most glorious of all revivals, and it would be a revival that would never end. However, we do not know that this is the final apostasy. There have been more complate and appalling apostasies in the past than this one is at the past hour. The apostasy in England in the time od the Wesleys, and in Amereica at the time of Jonathan Edwards, was far more complete than the present apostasy is. The postasy in this country at the opening of the 19th century was far more appalling, at least as regarding university life, than the apostasy of today. It was the revival under the Wesleys and their associates that saved the church and saved civilization in their day. Even as thorough a rationalist as the historian WIlliam Lecky admits that it was the revival under Wesleys that saved civilization in England. It was the Great Awakening under the leadership of Jonathan Edwards and others that savwed the church in America. Our greatest need today isa deep, thorough, Spirit-wrought, God-sent revival. Such revivals, as far as our human role is concerned, always come in one way – by prayer. It was Jonathan Edwards’ CALL to PRAYER that brought the Great Awakening. It was the city missionary Jeremiah Lanphier stirring the Christians of New York to prayer that brought the wonderous revival of 1857. It was the prayer of four humble Christians from Kells, Ireland, and the prayers of others. that brought the marvelous Ulster revival of 1859-1860. I have been praying to write a book about prayer. I had to read other peoples book about prayer, because even though I have been praying my whole life I needed to go back to the heart of prayer. The heart of prayer, to me is a personal relationship with Jesus. And to address going to Jesus’, Mother Mary to help me and of course the Holy Spirit. TO keep God the center of my life.
There is much in prayer, and yet it is as simple as James 4:2 – “You do not have because you ask not.” Then we ask ourselves, “Why don’t we have anything?” Again God replies, “It is because of our neglect of prayer. When we read the only inspired church history that was ever written, the history of the church in the days of apostles as it is recorded by Luke (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) in the Acts of the Apotles, what do we find? We find a story of constant victory and perpetual progress. We read, for example, such statements as Acts 2:47 – The Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. We read this statement from Acts 4:4 – Many of those
Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.