The Glorious Privilege of Prayer

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Paul closed his intercessory prayer for these Ephesians, (and for every believer), with this grand and glorious doxology. He had already prayed that we would be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man. He had further prayed that Christ would dwell in our hearts by faith; and that we would be rooted and grounded in His astounding love for us! He continued on to intercede that we would be filled with all of the fullness of God. And having done that, the great Apostle began to break into passionate praises to our Lord and God who delights to answer the prayers of His beloved children.

Friend, as I taught ‘Christ-centered Evangelism’ to well over a 120 Indian pastors, church planters and Indian mission organization directors from 9 different states of the nation of India, my heart was overwhelmed with a similar doxology of praise, thanksgiving and worship to our God of amazing grace, marvelous mercy and astounding love! How can it be that a ‘formerly agnostic, arrogant, argumentative and nearly alcoholic’ rock and jazz drummer could be transformed into a follower of Christ? How is it possible that this ‘formerly thorough-going pagan’ would be sent out of our nation on over 190 foreign mission trips in 20 different nations? How could it be possible that a ‘formerly introverted person’ would be called to preach the Gospel and train pastors and church planters? The sole explanation is that the living God has done exceedingly, abundantly above all that I could have contemplated or even imagined! I can join in with the psalmist and proclaim, “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done.”

 

John Newton wrote,
“You are coming to a
King;
Large petitions with
you bring;
For His grace and
power are such,
That you can never
ask too much!”

Perhaps, you are presently finding yourself in a situation in which there appears to be a spiritual drought. You may be experiencing the yearning heart of the psalmist, when he cried, “My soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.” But friend, I am here with great rejoicing, to report that our God is still saving sinners! Our Lord is still multiplying His truth into the lives of other spiritual leaders, who are being faithful to teach others also!

 

You may be presently praying for someone or some situation; and the answer appears to be impossible. Oh, but friend, this precious verse reminds us that we are praying to the God whose power is eternal, universal and absolute. We are seeking an answer from the Lord who has all authority in the heavens and on the earth. God’s power is an omnipotence that is supernaturally extraordinary and inexhaustible, in its ability to accomplish enormously above and beyond what we can conceive! We must remind ourselves that the Lord and God, whom we are addressing, is the Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent King of the universe. As John Newton as well said, “You are coming to a King; large petitions with you bring; for His grace and power are such, that you can never ask too much!”

Every born again believer is welcomed to bring their most daring petitions, their most impossible requests and their most incredible desires to our Lord! For our Lord and God is perfectly capable of accomplishing all that He wills. Furthermore, it is a certain fact that He will attain all of His plans and purposes. We must not lose sight of our Lord’s absolute and universal authority to fulfill His great mission in this world. As Charles Spurgeon has well said, “The very invitation to pray implies that there are blessings waiting for us at the mercy-seat.” We must see each personal challenge and each specific burden as an invitation to pray! Our God is still accomplishing immeasurably more than you can even conceptualize!

TOO MANY TESTIMONIES OF GOD’S GRACE AND NOT ENOUGH SPACE TO TRULY EXPRESS OUR HEARTS OF THANKSGIVING!

As I begin to contemplate on all of the other wonderful works that our Lord has carried out in and through this ministry, (since our last newsletter), I am both overwhelmed with thanksgiving, and simultaneously confronted with the fact that I am out of space to share it all in this newsletter! However, I want to take this opportunity for I must praise God for you, (our precious brothers and sisters), who join us on this great venture. We give thanks for how you are used greatly by our Lord, in both your intercessory prayer and financial support, undergirding the work that our God has given us to walk in! Just a few days ago, I concluded 3 months of study on “The Armor of God” passage. We have just sent the English version of the workbook, which I produced out of that study to Kenya, to be translated. Once again, our dear brother, Dr. George Wafula will translate this new workbook into the language of Swahili. Approximately 600 pastors, church-planters and some of their wives, from all over the nation of Kenya; East Uganda; and the Sudan will be in attendance, when I teach this new workbook in December, God-willing! Your loving prayers and financial support of this ministry will be an underlying infrastructure once again, for this upcoming meeting. The truths, that have been poured out through this earthen vessel (in the last 14 years of conferences at this Kenya institute), have been ignited by the Spirit of God, to produce an awesome work of illumination, application, renovation and transformation in the lives of hundreds of leaders and thousands of believers in East Africa! Dianne and I desire that somehow we can aptly convey to you what a great support and important co-laborer you are to everything that our God is doing and working out through this ministry! So naturally, our hearts overflow with thanksgiving and love for you; and we Him praise. We continue to thank the Lord for your heart to pray and give, so that the Good News of the gospel can go forth, and that saints can be equipped to carry out their work. So like Paul, we too, pray that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the calling that God has given you, fully pleasing Him and being fruitful unto every good work!