Friday, December 11, 2009

The power of a praying life


Dr. David Jeremiah gives a wonderful exhortation to all us regarding the freedom that comes from holding regular office with God--read on...

(Daniel) knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Daniel 6:10

Dr. L. Nelson Bell, a missionary surgeon in China, is best remembered today as the father-in-law of evangelist Billy Graham. In A Foreign Devil in China, John Pollock wrote: "Most important of all was Nelson Bell's discipline of devotional life. Early every morning he had a cup of coffee and went to his desk for about an hour of Bible study and prayer. He set himself to master the content and meaning of the Bible, devising such study schemes as looking up every Old Testament reference which occurs in the New Testament and typing it out. Then he turned to prayer, for friends, colleagues, and patients, praying especially for every patient listed for operation that day… This cycle of reading and prayer did not strike Nelson as formidable but vital."
Similar statements can be found in the biography of almost every effective Christian servant. Daniel prayed "as was his custom," regardless of outside influences. This example of committed prayer is a role model for all of us to follow. It must be a vital part of the daily routines of those used of Him.

It isn't the length of time I spend in my quiet time, though I usually take an hour, but there is a carry-over of the activity of prayer, the attitude of prayer, that marks the rest of the day.
Dr. Stephen Olford