My thanks once again for David Jeremiah’s timely and always challenging essay on prayer. Just what I needed to read this morning since I woke up at 3:00am again mulling over some tough stuff in my life…and stayed awake until the early morning hours.
How grateful I am that others put on paper what I need to read (and then get to work on!)
I hope this little piece on prayer ignites in you the desire to pray harder, more often, and pray through.
Remember playing with two cans and a string? The science behind that children’s toy really works. When you take two cans or paper cups, punch holes in the bottom of them, and stretch a string between them, you’ve recreated a primitive phone. The sound of your voice vibrates the bottom of the cup at 1,000 times a second, and the vibrations run along the string, making the bottom of the second cup vibrate with sound waves. The early telephones worked the same way, except the wires were electric.
Whenever we pray, God is on the other end of the line with His ear to the cup, hearing every word and listening to every vibration of our voices. He hears even the faintest sigh. The prophet Daniel prayed regularly all his life and history was changed. The apostle Paul prayed, and cities were opened to the Gospel. Hannah prayed and God lifted her burden.
If you’re in anguish or distress, you don’t need two cans and a string. Two bent knees and a broken heart will do just fine.
Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.
R. A. Torrey