Published by Barnabas International • PO Box 11211 • Rockford, IL 61126 • Volume V • No. 11 • November 1991
LAREAU LINDQUIST, Founder
Oswald Chambers wrote these words about prayer…
Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work.
If more of us really believed this, we would decisively and aggressively make prayer a major part of our lives. We would rearrange our schedules for the purpose of prolonged periods of prayer.
I have just completed three weeks of ministry in India as part of a preaching team. Dr. Wesley Dewel and I shared in prayer conferences for pastors and Christian leaders. A third member of the team, Rev. Charles Elkjer, was the resident intercessor. It was Dr. Duewel's goal to call the church of India back to the priority of prayer. He had previously spent twenty-five years there as a missionary. He has INDIA written on his heart. He longed to make yet another significant impact on India and thus accepted the invitation to host major conferences in five areas of the country. The conferences were well attended. There were a lot of messages about prayer but probably more important…there were many sessions for praying during these conferences.
Dr. Duewel, author of Touch the World through Prayer and Ablaze for God, is truly a man of prayer. I learned so much from what he said but also from what I observed in his life. He reminded me of Epaphras, about whom Paul wrote, Epaphras is always wrestling in prayer for you (Colossians 4:12). Often the tree of us prayed together. And often I would observe these men in prayer…while walking…while lying on the bed…while sitting in the worship service. I found myself often asking God, "Lord, teach me to pray." Never did I sense such a need for a deeper personal prayer life. Never did I sense the enormous potential of intercessory prayer. Never did I understand the potential of going deeper into prayer…from ASKING…to SEEKING…to KNOCKING.
Ddr. Duewel's emphasis especially pertained to intercessory prayer. He gave this word picture of the intercessor…the person who has one hand grasping the hand of God and the other hand grasping the hand of the person for whom he is praying. That is a powerful picture and it vividly demonstrates the dynamic role of the intercessor. We are THE LINK between God and others.
Perhaps you, too, are sensing a need to move deeper into your prayer experience with the Lord. But you ask, "Is there such a need in the lives of pastors or missionaries?" Yes. Evidently so. The twelve disciples sensed such a need when they asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Again the leaders of the Early Church in the Book of Acts sensed this need when they simplified their schedules and eliminated some activities so that they could give priority to the Word and to prayer (Acts 6:4).
I sometimes feel that we have come up with good things that have kept us form the best…PRAYER. We have too often been busy…but not PRAYERFUL. We have attempted to build reputations as excellent preachers or excellent translators or excellent administrators but have not valued the importance of pursuing the ministry of intercession.
I hope this speaks to your heart. Believe me, I am writing to myself. This message is for you …and it is for me.