The Lord Jesus Beckons Us To Our Knees
Edward Payson is right – is Scriptural – when he says: “If we would do much for God, we must ask much of God: we must be men of prayer.” If our prayers are not answered, or always answered but not necessarily granted, the fault must be entirely in ourselves, and not in God. God delights to answer prayer, and He has given us His word that He will answer.
Fellow-laborers in His vineyard, it is quite evident that our Master desires us to ask, and to ask much. He tells us we glorify God by doing so! Nothing is beyond the scope of prayer which is not beyond the will of God – and we do not desire to go beyond His will.
We dare not say that our Lord’s words are not true. Yet somehow or other, few Christians really seem to believe them. What holds us back? What seals our lips? What keeps us from making much of prayer? Do we doubt His love? Never! He gave His life for us and to us. Do we doubt the Father’s love? Nay. “The Father Himself loveth you,” said Christ when urging His disciples to pray (John 16:27).
Do we doubt His power? Not for a moment. Hath He not said, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye…and, lo, I am with you alway…”? (Matt. 28:18-20). Do we doubt His wisdom? Do we mistrust His choice for us? Not for a moment. Yet so very few of His followers consider prayer really worthwhile. Of course, they would deny this – but actions speak louder than words.
Are we afraid to put God to the test? He has said we may do so. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse…and prove Me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Mal. 3:10). Whenever God makes us a promise, let us boldly say, as did Paul, “...I believe God...” (Acts 27:25), and trust Him to keep His word.
Shall we begin today to be men and women of prayer, if we have never done so before? Let us not put it off till a more convenient season. God wants me to pray. The dear Savior wants me to pray. He needs my prayers. So much – in fact, everything – depends upon prayer. How dare we hold back?
Let every one of us ask on our knees this question: “If no one on earth prayed for the salvation of sinners more fervently or more frequently than I do, how many of them would be converted to God through prayer?”
Let us get a fresh vision of Christ in all His glory, and a fresh glimpse of all the “riches of His glory” which He places at our disposal, and of all the mighty power given unto Him. Then let us get a fresh vision of the world and all its needs. The world was never so needy as it is today!
The wonder is, not that we pray so little, but that we can ever get up from our knees if we realize our own need, the needs of our home and our loved ones, the needs of our pastor and the church, the needs of our city and of our country, and the needs of the unbelievers throughout the world! All these needs can be met by the riches of God in Christ Jesus. Paul had no doubt about this – nor have we. Yes! “...My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). But to share His riches we must pray, for the same Lord is rich unto all that call upon Him (Rom. 10:12).
Men are wondering why revival delays its coming. There is only one thing that can delay it, and that is lack of prayer. All revivals have been the outcome of prayer. One sometimes longs for the voice of an archangel, but what would that avail if the voice of Christ Himself does not stir us up to prayer? It seems almost impertinence for any man to take up the cry when our Savior has put forth His “limitless” promises.
These utterances go forth steeped in prayer that God the Holy Spirit will Himself convict Christian men and women of the sin of prayerlessness, and drive them to their knees, to call upon God day and night in burning, believing, prevailing intercession! The Lord Jesus, now in the heavenlies, beckons to us to fall upon our knees and claim the riches of His grace.
I am quite certain of this fact: God wants me to pray, wants you to pray. The question is, are we willing to pray? Gracious Savior, pour out upon us the fullness of the Holy Spirit, that we may indeed become kneeling Christians.
– Adapted from The Kneeling Christian by an unknown Christian.