Expectations Beyond Us

“But prayer” (Acts 12:5).

But prayer is the link that connects us with God. This is the bridge that spans every gulf and bears us over every abyss of danger or of need.

How significant the picture of the Apostolic Church: Peter in prison, the Jews triumphant, Herod supreme, the arena of martyrdom awaiting the dawning of the morning to drink up the apostle’s blood, and everything else against it. “But prayer was made unto God without ceasing.” And what was the sequel? The prison open, the apostle free, the Jews baffled, the wicked king eaten of worms, a spectacle of hidden retribution, and the Word of God rolling on in greater victory.

Do we know the power of our supernatural weapon? Do we dare to use it with the authority of a faith that commands as well as asks? God baptize us with holy audacity and Divine confidence! He is not wanting great men, but He is wanting men who will dare to prove the greatness of their God. But God! But prayer! –A. B. Simpson

Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things, above all that we ask or think. Each time you intercede, be quiet first and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, of how He delights to hear Christ, of your place in Christ; and expect great things. –Andrew Murray

Our prayers are God’s opportunities.

Are you in sorrow? Prayer can make your affliction sweet and strengthening. Are you in gladness? Prayer can add to your joy a celestial perfume. Are you in extreme danger from outward or inward enemies? Prayer can set at your right hand an angel whose touch could shatter a millstone into smaller dust than the flour it grinds, and whose glance could lay an army low. What will prayer do for you? I answer: All that God can do for you. “Ask what I shall give thee.” –Farrar

“Wrestling prayer can wonders do,
Bring relief in deepest straits;
Prayer can force a passage through
Iron bars and brazen gates.”

(From Charles E Cowman Devotionals – Streams in the Desert) 

Long Hours

“I will give myself unto prayer” (Ps. 109:4).

We are often in a religious hurry in our devotions. How much time do we spend in them daily? Can it not be easily reckoned in minutes? Who ever knew an eminently holy man who did not spend much of his time in prayer? Did ever a man exhibit much of the spirit of prayer, who did not devote much time in his closet?
 
Whitefield says, “Whole days and weeks have I spent prostrate on the ground, in silent or vocal prayer.” “Fall upon your knees and grow there,” is the language of another, who knew whereof he affirmed.

It has been said that no great work in literature or science was ever wrought by a man who did not love solitude. We may lay it down as an elemental principle of religion, that no large growth in holiness was ever gained by one who did not take time to be often, and long, alone with God. –The Still Hour

“‘Come, come,’ He saith, ‘O soul oppressed and weary,
Come to the shadows of my desert rest;
Come walk with Me far from life’s babbling discords,
And peace shall breathe like music in thy breast.'”

(From Charles E Cowman Devotionals – Streams in the Desert) 

The Answer is God

“For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” (Rom. 3:3).

I think that I can trace every scrap of sorrow in my life to simple unbelief. How could I be anything but quite happy if I believed always that all the past is forgiven, and all the present furnished with power, and all the future bright with hope because of the same abiding facts which do not change with my mood, do not stumble because I totter and stagger at the promise through unbelief, but stand firm and clear with their peaks of pearl cleaving the air of Eternity, and the bases of their hills rooted unfathomably in the Rock of God. Mont Blanc does not become a phantom or a mist because a climber grows dizzy on its side. –James Smetham

Is it any wonder that, when we stagger at any promise of God through unbelief, we do not receive it? Not that faith merits an answer, or in any way earns it, or works it out; but God has made believing a condition of receiving, and the Giver has a sovereign right to choose His own terms of gift. –Rev. Samuel Hart

Unbelief says, “How can such and such things be?” It is full of “hows”; but faith has one great answer to the ten thousand “hows,” and that answer is–GOD! –C. H. M.

No praying man or woman accomplishes so much with so little expenditure of time as when he or she is praying.

If there should arise, it has been said–and the words are surely true to the thought of our Lord Jesus Christ in all His teaching on prayer—if there should arise ONE UTTERLY BELIEVING MAN, the history of the world might be changed.

Will YOU not be that one in the providence and guidance of God our Father? –A. E. McAdam

Prayer without faith degenerates into objectless routine, or soulless hypocrisy. Prayer with faith brings Omnipotence to back our petitions. Better not pray unless and until your whole being responds to the efficacy of your supplication. When the true prayer is breathed, earth and heaven, the past and the future, say Amen. And Christ prayed such prayers. –P. C. M.

“Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies outside the will of God.”

(From Charles E Cowman Devotionals – Streams in the Desert)

Mindanao Mission Highlights

A Taxi Convert 

Thank God for:

  • 689 that prayed the sinner’s prayer with us.
  • Testimonies of healing, including deafness, partial blindness, paralysis, inability to speak, demon oppression and lots more
  • Personal growth on my part (and other wonderful workers) in being used in hands-on ministry and growth in personal spiritual development.
  • Mostly rain-free evangelistic events
  • A follow up red-hot revival in a local church and diligent house-to-house visitation of new converts.
  • Physical improvements on the church
  • Credibility and authenticity among the locals for delivering on commitments

MORE PRAYER NEEDED FOR:

  • Wisdom and diligence for this local church setting up Bible studies for the new converts throughout the area.
  • My speaking tonight for the revival
  • The trip I am making to Chaing Mai, Thailand and to the Karen tribal village church.
  • The persecuted Burmese who are fleeing to that general area. Concerning this, anyone who wants first-hand updates from my missionary daughter Rachel whom I will be visiting when I go there.
  • Pray for Rachel to cope with and minister to the devastation in people’s lives, a devastation caused by political upheavals and sin.
  • Pray that I will find immediate rapport, especially with these highlanders of Thailand.
  • Pray that my background in the hills of rural Tennessee will help be put to good use in understanding and bonding with the people.
  • For my continued growth and understanding of how to play my part in mobilizing workers for the remaining 10,000 unreached people groups.

God bless you. Thank you for praying.

David Snodderly
Mission Mobilizer