The Power Of Prevailing Prayer
By Samuel Chadwick
Nothing would turn a nation back to God so surely and so quickly as a church that prays and prevails. The world will never believe in a religion in which there is no supernatural power. A rationalized faith, a socialized church, and a moralized Gospel may gain applause, but they awaken no conviction and win no converts.
There is passion in praying that prevails. There was passion in all Elijah did. God loves a man aflame. He cannot abide the lukewarm. He never keeps hot tears waiting. “Then will I be found of you when ye seek Me with all your hearts” (Jer. 29:13). When Elijah prayed, he prayed in his prayer. The praying man was in his petition. It is always the same: 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 a sweat of blood. Add to the list from the records of the church, personal observation and experience. There is no power like that of prevailing prayer. It turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.
– From The Path Of Prayer.