Stop! We’re Going to Pray! – Part 2
“Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.” (1 Timothy 2:8 NIV)
[In his first letter to Timothy] Paul says, “I want the men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” That is the sign of a Christian church.
The book of Revelation says that when the twenty-four elders eventually fall at the feet of Jesus, each one will have a golden bowl—and do you know what’s in the bowls? What is this incense that is so fragrant to Christ? “The prayers of the saints” (Revelation 5:8).
Just imagine… you and I kneel or stand or sit down to pray, really opening our hearts to God—and what we say is so precious to him that he keeps it like a treasure…
The Bible has all these promises: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). “You do not have, because you do not ask God” (James 4:2).
Isn’t it time to say, “Stop! We’re going to pray, because God said that when we pray, he will intervene.”
The sad truth is, in the city where I live—as in Chicago and Philadelphia and Houston and right across to L.A.—more people are turning to crack than to Christ. More people are dipping into drugs than are getting baptized in water. What is going to reverse this tide? Preaching alone will not do it; classes aren’t going to do it; more money for more programs won’t do it. Only turning God’s house into a house of fervent prayer will reverse the power of evil so evident in the world today.
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire)
Read 1 Timothy 2:7-10.