Day 4: The Warriors
My friends, if we are going to do a great work for God, we must spend much time prayer; we have got to be closeted with God. –DL Moody
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35
All structures are built on a foundation. And each height depends on its depth. The deeper the groundwork, the higher the building is. In the same way, all successes are grounded on long periods of discipline, hardwork, and perseverance.
Victory in the spiritual arena does not come without costs. It requires sacrifice, wisdom, patience, perseverance, faith, and discipline especially when it comes to prayer. And spiritual leaders who made great impacts in the world understood the magnitude of this humbling work for the ministry of God.
Martin Luther found more reason to pray when more work added up to his time. “Work, work from early till late. In fact, I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”*
Samuel Chadwick “was essentially a man of prayer. Every morning he would be astir shortly after six o’clock, and he kept a little room which was his private sanctum for his quiet hour before breakfast. He was mighty in public prayer because he was constant in private devotion…*
D.L. Moody “began each day in prayer, and lived all through each day in a spirit of readiness to pray… his closeness to God was not limited to special seasons, but was a continuous and uninterrupted service.**
John Welch, the unstoppable preacher in Scotland, “night after night he prayed long hours.”***
Hudson Taylor, inspired and influenced by the life of George Mueller, learned not to ask any man for his needs but to move them through God in prayer. He made known to God all his desires and relied on Him to do the rest.
David Brainerd loves to be alone in his small lodging to spend more and more time in prayer.
William Carrey attempted and expected great things from God, which words urges this generation to do the same, only because he spent much time on his knees.
The Apostle Paul, spent “night and day we pray earnestly…” 1Thessalonians 3:11
Now they are just a few of hundreds of men who moved the world through prayer. And perhaps if there’s someone who could withstand life without prayer, it would be Jesus Christ, the very Son of God Himself. Yet He Himself demonstrated a life of prayer for to him there is no other way to teach it but to stand as an example. A life of full reliance to the Father gave Him, as a human being, courage to endure His painful but perfect plan.
“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16
Should we then be of any difference?
*Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders
**DL Moody on Spiritual Leadership by Steve Miller
*** The Man Who Couldn’t be Stopped by Ethel Barret
- The Highest Recognition
- Pray when it is Difficult, all the more when it is not. (James 5)
- Pray for Others, too!
- The Warriors
- The Most Wonderful Gift