Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… How do you pack your prayers with a punch? How do I make my prayers powerful? Who is more powerful… people, God, or you?
In Acts 12, King Herod locked up Peter and heavily guarded him. Then an angel showed up.
Who had the ultimate power in this story? Acts 12:5 states, “But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him”. This is a story about God’s power through prayer.
Too often we live thinking we’re in control. If I just pray long enough or say the right words, then it will work my way. That is not how it actually works. In fact, the Bible says we don’t often know how or what to pray (Romans 8:26). Life can be horrendous. Thank goodness the Spirit of God helps us know how to pray when we’re clueless; speechless; doubtful.
Powerful prayers are the result of us relaxing and remembering who the boss is. We’re not in charge, He is. It’s not my power, but His power being unleashed in the lives of those we pray for daily. So when you’re feeling stressed, take a deep breath and pray; prayer is the result of a relationship, not religious duty.
I love meeting Christians who are true prayer warriors.
My meeting with Mrs. MacBain
I have appreciated the prayers of God’s people through the years. In my third year at seminary, during convocation, rather than having an invited guest to address the students, the Dean chose three students to speak; I was one of the students that were given this opportunity. I was the last speaker and was very nervous, but I preached my heart out.
After convocation, my school Dean told me there was a woman who wanted to speak with me. It was Maime MacBain, wife to Dr. Hal MacBain (both pictured to the left)—our Movement’s first President in 1953. She held my hands, looked in the eyes of a 23 year old preacher and said: “That was good preaching!” She told me she felt prompted by the Spirit to pray for me every day from now on.
I was quite moved, but wasn’t sure anyone should be held to a promise like that one. However, year after year she stopped me at Fellowship National Conventions, asking me probing questions and reminding me of her promise.
The MacBains attended my in-laws’ church and mom would tell me that Mrs. MacBain often asked for prayer requests for Marilyn and me. Year after year after year this went on. I was humbled, but so grateful!
When Mrs. MacBain passed away I went to her funeral. I stood by her casket during the visitation time when Dr. MacBain came to me and said, “You know Steve, she prayed for you every morning. Every single day for years.”
I don’t know why Mrs. MacBain felt compelled to keep her promise. It’s remarkable, and I’m so glad she did. Knowing she was praying was a blessing. I imagine that any little good I’ve been to the Kingdom of God has been due to people praying for me regularly. What a blessing it is to pray and intercede for people!
Keep praying for your wayward son. Keep praying for your father’s salvation. Keep praying for that troublesome church leader. Keep praying for that breakthrough in your ministry. Keep praying for that recurring habit you struggle with. Keep praying.
Prayer doesn’t just change the person or situation being prayed for, it changes us.
Fellowship Day of Prayer
November 9 is the Fellowship’s Day of Prayer. This coming Sunday we are calling all within our Fellowship family to spend some time during their worship service to pray for our Fellowship. You can click on the image above to get more details, including resources to help make this a special occasion for your people.
Have a blessed week,