By Patrick Hawthorne
“Prayerlessness leaves man as the mere creature of circumstances at the mercy of blind fate and without help of any kind from God. It leaves man with the tremendous responsibilities and difficult problems of the world, with all of its sorrows and burdens and afflictions, without any God at all. In reality, the denial of prayer is the denial of God Himself, for God and prayer are so inseparable that they can never be divorced. “ E.M. Bounds The Weapon of Prayer
“Denial of prayer is the denial of God Himself.” What a bold statement. Yet, can we deny the truth of those words? Prayer is as vital to a Christian’s survival as the air we breathe. It is our life line to our Heavenly Father.
Without prayer, there is no hope. Without prayer, there is no expectation of life beyond misery. It is by prayer that we come boldly before the throne of Grace so that we many obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.* God gives us prayer as the avenue by which to not only commune with Him but to tap into His great power. We are His receptacles, yet unless we plug into the power source, we are mere paper weights, useless for much else. “O’ Lord, that we would know the immeasurable and unlimited and exceeding greatness of Your power that is available to us who believe.” **
Doctrine will not move heaven. Theology will not move heaven. Programs and give-a-ways will not move heaven. Only prayer will move heaven. Not just any prayer but faith prayer that is in agreement with heaven. We must cooperate with heaven.
If we are to see Revival, our prayer must be an earnest plea for God’s Holy Spirit to be poured out on all flesh. It must be in agreement with His Word, not contrary to His Word. We must bind up those things on earth that are not allowed in heaven and then loose those things upon earth which are allowed in heaven. ***
Is there darkness in heaven? No! Then loose the light of God to shine upon this earth to dispel the darkness that is invading your city. Is your church lacking spiritual strength to reach the lost? Then quit praying against their weakness. Instead, bind the fear; bind the spiritual lethargy. Pray that God would grant unto His servants that with all boldness they may speak His word with signs and wonders following. **** Cooperate with heaven! Cooperate in faith. Pray God’s Word back to Him; words that will never return void *****!
I am expecting a fresh fire of God’s anointing to spread across this land. I am expecting a move of His Holy Spirit in dramatic fashion. I am expecting a fresh rain of His anointing as evidenced by Revival. What are you expecting? Cooperate with heaven. Pray for God to guide your prayers so that your prayers are in cooperation with His desires. Be blessed.
* Hebrews 4:16
** Ephesians 1:19
*** Matthew 18:18
**** Acts 4:29
***** Isaiah 55:11