There is no power like that of prevailing prayer – of Abraham pleading for
Sodom, Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night, Moses standing in the
breach, Hannah intoxicated with sorrow, David heartbroken with remorse
and grief, Jesus in sweat of blood. Such prayer prevails. It turns ordinary
mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain.
It brings life. It brings God.
Prayer in its highest form of faith is that prayer which carries the whole
man as a sacrificial offering. Thus devoting the whole man himself, and
his all, to God in a definite, intelligent vow, never to be broken, in a
quenchless and impassioned desire for heaven.
E.M. Bounds (p498 TCW)
Success is certain when the Lord has promised it. Although you may have
pleaded month after month without evidence of answer, it is not possible
that the Lord should be deaf when His people are earnest in a matter which
concerns His glory. The prophet on the top of Carmel continued to wrestle
with God, and never for a moment gave way to a fear that he should be
non-suited in Jehovah's courts. Six times the servant returned, but on each
occasion no word was spoken but "Go again." We must not dream of
unbelief, but hold to our faith even to seventy times seven. Faith sends
expectant hope to look from Carmel's brow, and if nothing is beheld, she
sends again and again. So far from being crushed by repeated
disappointment, faith is animated to plead more fervently with her God.
She is humbled, but not abashed: her groans are deeper, and her sighings
more vehement, but she never relaxes her hold or stays her hand. It would
be more agreeable to flesh and blood to have a speedy answer, but
believing souls have learned to be submissive, and to find it good to wait
for as well as upon the Lord. Delayed answers often set the heart searching
itself, and so lead to contrition and spiritual reformation: deadly blows are
thus struck at our corruption, and the chambers of imagery are cleansed.
The great danger is lest men should faint, and miss the blessing. Reader,
do not fall into that sin, but continue in prayer and watching. At last the
little cloud was seen, the sure forerunner of torrents of rain, and even so
with you, the token for good shall surely be given, and you shall rise as a
prevailing prince to enjoy the mercy you have sought. Elijah was a man of
like passions with us: his power with God did not lie in his own merits. If
his believing prayer availed so much, why not yours? Plead the precious
blood with unceasing importunity, and it shall be with you according to
Charles H. Spurgeon
He prays not at all who does not press his plea. Our praying needs to be
pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which
will not be denied, and a courage that never fails.