Prevailing Prayer by Dr. J.T. Parish
A Serious Business
John Bunyan, author of the classics, “Pilgrims Progress” and many other books spent much of his life in Bedford Jail for preaching the gospel. Bunyan was not only a preacher; he was also a man of prayer. In one of his books he defined prayer in such a way that emphasizes the fact that prayer is a serious business and not to be taken lightly.
Bunyan said, “Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised or according to His Word, for the good of the Church with submissions in faith to the will of God.”
His prayer not only sustained him during those lonely years in prison, but it caused those years to be fruitful years in communicating the good news of the gospel through his books and blessed people for generations to come.
Prayer is indeed a serious business. No matter the situation or the problems we face, until we have prayed we cannot do anything more needful than to pray. Prayer is not a last resort. Prayer must become the first thing we do. I am not talking about a little prayer we can say while going through a revolving door or while the commercial is on television.
The prayer that is needed is the mountain moving, believing intercession that is heard in heaven. This kind of prayer is a serious business! It will change your life and impact the lives of your family, friends, and neighbors.
“The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (1 John 5:16)