Do You Pray?

Wim Malgo

God has been looking for you as a person of prayer for a long time, but He can’t find you. You have no time. If only you could imagine how the infinite, living God wants to work through you, you would have one desire: to be a man or woman of prayer. Romans 8:26 shows that the Holy Spirit prays through the one who prays. True prayer is a working of the Holy Spirit. True prayer comes from God, goes through the one who prays to the object of his prayer, and goes back to God.

Many people talk religiously and behave religiously; they are busy, but they do not pray. James says, “Ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2). Do not think that the devil is against your work. You can do much for the kingdom of God, but it is empty and powerless and brings no fruit for eternity if you do not pray. Have you ever noticed how the devil keeps you from prayer? You are the man or woman that God is looking for. Do you want to waste your life, instead of being a man or a woman of prayer?

“…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). God does not primarily hear our words in prayer; they may be perfect and orthodox, but God examines our hearts. How earnest must our prayer be? Our prayers must be as earnest as our request. Is it not serious when people go to their eternal damnation? Is it not serious when the name of our God is blasphemed, through the many people who continue in sin? Is it not serious when the Church is powerless and dead, while the Lord Jesus is about to return? Pray earnestly!

Through earnest prayer we come to the state of mind through which God can bless us, and through us others—the world. God is always the one who blesses. When, for instance, sinners hear the gospel, their sins are still upon them; they are guilty; they have no forgiveness of sin. Does God not want to forgive their sins? Of course He does! Why do they not have forgiveness of their sins, then? Because they are not in the right inner state of mind; that is, not repentant. As soon as they repent they will partake of the blessing of forgiveness of sin. Does God not want a revival? Does God not want a moving of the Spirit? Of course He does! He said, “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground” (Isaiah 44:3). Jesus said, “I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?” (Luke 12:49). Why is there no revival, then? Because we children of God are not in the right state of mind.

Only when we begin to pray earnestly in agreement with one another and humble ourselves in prayer, will the Lord begin to open the windows of heaven—and then He will grant a mighty moving of the Spirit. Is it the will of God for us to bombard heaven? Does He want this urging? Yes, He does! Did He say to Jacob, “That is not the way, Jacob,” on that night in Penuel when Jacob clung to the angel of the Lord and said, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me”? No, it says, “And he blessed him there” (Genesis 32:29). When the wrath of God burned over the people of Israel and He wanted to destroy them, Moses fell into the arms of God and pleaded with Him, reminding Him of His promises. Moses stood in the gap so that God would not destroy the people. And what did the Lord do? Did He say to Moses, “That is not the way to do it”? No, it says in Exodus 32:14, “And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.” You are called to be an earnest and spiritually powerful man or woman of prayer.

Midnight Call - 07/2017

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