Prayer by the Church The Lost Standard by A. B. Simpson

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Prayer is the link that connects us to God. It is the bridge that spans every gulf and bears us over every abyss of danger or of need.

How significant the picture of the apostolic church: Peter in prison, the Jews triumphant, Herod supreme, the arenas of martyrdom awaiting the dawn of the morning to drink up the apostle’s blood—everything against the church.

But prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for Peter. And what was the sequel? The prison open, the apostle free, Jews baffled, the wicked king eaten of worms—a spectacle of hideous retribution—and the Word of God rolling on in greater victory.

Do we know the power of our supernatural weapon? Holy Spirit empowered prayer.
Do we dare to use it with the authority of faith that commands as well as asks? May God baptize us with the Holy Spirit and audacity and divine confidence. He does not want great men and women, but He is wanting men and women who will dare to prove the greatness of their God in prayer.

But God! But Prayer!

There is a lost standard in the church today. The church has lost possession of its secret—the awareness that it is only by living in the power of the Holy Spirit that the gospel can be preached in power. Because of this there is a lot of preaching and working with few spiritual results. There is little prayer that brings down the power of God.

Albert Benjamin Simpson was born on December 15, 1843, to parents of Scottish descent. He grew to be one of the most respected and important Christian figures in American evangelicalism. A much sought after speaker and pastor, Simpson founded a major evangelical denomination and the Christian and Missionary Alliance, which sent thousands of missionaries around the world. He published over 70 books, edited a weekly magazine for nearly 40 years, and wrote many gospel songs and poems. He devoted his entire life to the spread of the gospel.

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