I have a real weakness for church libraries and used book stores – and my list of purchased and borrowed of unfinished books is long enough. Last week I came across a book of Oswald Chambers quotes on prayer – divided into chapters on various requirements for a life of prayer, Prayer: A Holy Occupation. I think I’ll take the next few weeks to let his words to wash over us in regards to our most holy occupation.
Chambers is certainly not sentimental about prayer (or other topics of faith for that matter), he knew Christ and he took Jesus at His word. Here are just some of the things he says about our need to be bold in prayer:
“The only platform from which the holiest saint on earth is ever heard is the platform mentioned in Hebrews 10.19, we have, “boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus.” There is no other way.
Jesus never mentioned unanswered prayer, He had the boundless certainty that prayer is always answered.
Launch out in reckless belief that the redemption is complete, and then bother no more about yourself, but begin to do as Jesus Christ said–pray for the fried who comes to you at midnight, pray for the saints, pray for all people. Pray on the realization that you are only perfect in Christ Jesus, not on this plea–“O Lord, I have done my best, please hear me.”
Praying always…not prayer because we are helpless, but prayer because God is almighty.
So today, praying boldly, confident that there are no unanswered prayers, reckless and always because God is Almighty! Let’s pray heaven moving and earth shaking prayers for the salvation of our nation and our neighbours!