Praying Large Prayers

A new pastor had been at the church for only a few weeks.

One day a man on the street encountered the old janitor of the church, and asked him how the new preacher was getting started off. The kindly old gent replied,

“Oh lawd, that new preacher is somethin! You know, Mr. Joe, he done asked the Lord for more things than that other preacher ever knew the Lord had!”

Philip Brooks, the notable clergyman of the 19th century, challenged, “Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think of a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger.”

The Psalmist declared, “Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens” (Psalm 123:1).

The Lord is here contemplated as enthroned in heaven, where He administers the affairs of the universe, executes judgment, and hears prayer.

In Psalm 50:15, God appeals, “Call to Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

Spurgeon said, “Prayer is like the ring which Queen Elizabeth gave to the Earl of Essex, bidding him if he were in any distress, send that ring to her, and she would help him.

"God commanded His people if they be in any perplexity, to send this ‘ring’ to Him: Call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver Thee, and thou shalt glorify Me.”

“Prayer is the rope below, and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly; others give but an occasional pluck at the rope; but he who wins with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously, with all his might.”

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

 

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