If we get away from brooding on the tragedy of God upon he Cross in our preaching, it produces nothing. It does not convey the energy of God to man; it may be interesting but it has no power. But preach the Cross-, and the energy of God is let loose. It pleased God to by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. “We preach Christ crucified.”
You see, we lose power if we can’t concentrate on the right thing. The effect of the Cross is salvation, sanctification, healing, etc., but we are not to preach any of these, we are to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We have to concentrate on the great point of spiritual energy—the Cross, to keep in contact with that center where all power lies, and the energy will be let loose.
The Place of Immunity
Considering the size of God’s promises, it is actually a misfortune that most of us have no more time than a few minutes of devotions each day and a church service or two a week. The secret place in prayer and communion with our God is not a place to come and visit now and then, but a dwelling. For those who dwell with God, His presence is not merely our refuge, it is a permanent address.
This place of communion of heart between Christ and His bride is the place of immunity. It is God’s shelter from the distress and distractions of life. Here, He tells us what to pray; and here our prayers are answered.
We cannot ignore the fact that we desperately need a startling manifestation of God to shake us out of our spiritual lethargy and selfish complacency. We cannot substitute a program for power and have the least semblance of hope that the unsaved will be attracted by it.
Unless believers in the church today have their spiritual strength replenished repeatedly by the Spirit they will not be able to overcome the increasing power of spiritual wickedness threatening them today. The church cannot cope with the menacing threat of worldliness except the companies of believers pray for power to meet the insidious threat.
T. M. Anderson in 1937
What Are the Weapons of Our Warfare?
In Ephesians 6:10-18, Paul listed the whole armor of God. Only one piece of the armor is actually a weapon. The sword of the Spirit is clearly identified as the Word of God. 2 Corinthians 10:3 uses the plural, assuring us we have weapons for warfare. What would be the other primary weapon? I believe the other primary weapon of our warfare is stated right after the words identifying the sword of the Spirit as the Word of God in Ephesians 6:17. The next verse says “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions.”
I am utterly convinced that the two major weapons with divine power in our warfare are:
· The Word of God
· Spirit-empowered prayer
God has given us these two sticks of dynamite to demolish the enemy.
Elijah Was a Man
Provoking Thoughts on Prayer
James 5:17 “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.”
Twice in my life I’ve been compelled to spend a month in prayer. The two occasions of spending a month in prayer involved setting aside my usual office hours and other assignments exclusively to seek God in prayer for an entire month. I would eat meals with my family, but the rest of these days were spent in worship and prayer.
I was in prayer when I felt the Holy Spirit speak, “I want you to confront the strongholds of Communism in Eastern Europe.” I immediately saw in my mind the Berlin Wall. I sensed the Lord was calling me to travel six thousand miles from where I lived and once there in West Berlin, I was to lay my hands on the call and simply tell it to come down “in Jesus name”. In just a few months I was there and obeyed. Little more than a year later, the Berlin wall itself would come crashing down.
The One Thing We Need Most?
If God is so good as you represent Him, and if He knows all that we need, and better far than we do ourselves, why should it be necessary to ask Him for anything?
I answer, What is He knows Prayer to be the thing we need first and most? What if the main object in God’s idea of prayer be the supplying of our great, our endless need—the need of Him? Hunger may drive the runaway child home, and he may or may not be fed at once, but he needs his mother more than his dinner. Communion with God is the one need of the soul beyond all other needs; prayer is the beginning of that communion, and some need is the motive of that prayer. So begins a communion, a talking with God, a coming-to-one with Him, which is the sole end of prayer.