A ‘penny’s worth’ of blessings
Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010 11:31 am
The Messenger, September 2, 2010
By members of Obion County Ministerial Association
How often do we ask God for a “penny’s worth” of blessings, when He is willing to give us far more?
A hymn writer put it this way:
“Thou art coming to a King;
Large petitions with thee bring.
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much.”
The spiritual needs facing our families and our nation are so complex and pervasive that only God can meet them. He has promised to “pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground” (Isaiah 44:3). But prayer — fervent, faith-believing prayer — is the key that unlocks His storehouse and releases His glorious power and presence.
The greatest movements of God’s Spirit around the world have been birthed through labor pains of prevailing prayer. The greatest evangelistic thrusts and missionary movements of history have been born out of times of revival in the church.
God’s people throughout history have tested the promises of God regarding prayer and, without exception, found them to be true.
If that is true, you say, why aren’t more people praying? We have found that it is easier to plan, to develop programs, to preach — to do just about anything — than it is to pray.
The ministry of prayer is not a glamorous one. Few prayer warriors receive public recognition for their efforts. But prayer is what is needed most, if Satan is to be bound and God is to be glorified in our generation.
We have a great God. Let’s ask Him for great things.
Dr. Vann Kissell
Troy First Baptist Church
519 East Harper St.