Preparation in Prayer
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication.” (Zechariah 12:10 NIV)
Every new Pentecost has had its preparatory period of supplication— of waiting for enduement; and sometimes the time of tarrying has been lengthened from “ten days” to as many weeks, months, or even years; but never has there been an outpouring of the Divine Spirit from God, without a previous outpouring of the human spirit toward God. To vindicate this statement would require us to trace the whole history of missions, for the field of such display of divine power covers the ages. Yet every missionary biography, from those of Eliot and Edwards, Brainerd and Carey, down to Livingstone and Burns, Hudson Taylor and John E. Clough, tells the same story: prayer has been the preparation for every new triumph; and so, if greater triumphs and successes lie before us, more fervent and faithful praying must be their forerunner and herald!
-A.T. Pierson (excerpted from the devotional book When You Call upon the Lord)
If we prevail in prayer, God will do what only he can do.