Much Greater Work

When you stop and think for a moment you realize that prayer does not prepare us for greater works, prayer is the greater work itself. However, we feel  as if prayer is some commonsense activity of our higher powers that simply gets us ready for God's work.  In the teachings of Jesus Christ, prayer is the working of the miracle of redemption in each of us, which produces the miracle of redemption in others, through the power of God. The manner in which fruit remains firm is through prayer, but it is prayer based on the agony of Christ in redemption not on our own agony. We must move in the direction of God as His child, because only a child gets his prayers answered; a "wise" man does not (Matthew 11:25).

Prayer is actually the battle, and it makes no difference where you are. God may design our circumstances, our duty is to pray. Do not allow yourself this thought, "I am no use where I am," because you certainly a\cannot be used where you have not been placed. Wherever God has placed you and whatever your situations, you should certainly pray, continually offering up prayers to Him. He has promised, "Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do . . .," (John 14:13). We refuse to pray unless it thrills or excites us, which is the most intense form of spiritual selfishness. We must learn to work according to God's direction, and He says to pray. "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest" (Matthew 9:38).

It is the laboring saint who makes the ideas of the Master possible. When you labor at prayer, from God's perspective there are always results. What a wonder it will be to see, once the veil is finally lifted, all the souls that have been reaped by you, simply because you have been in the habit of taking your orders from Jesus Christ.

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