Monday, July 24
Many of us feel that we are weak Christians, that we aren’t doing enough for the Lord, or that we aren’t capable of doing anything, and that we are rather useless. Most of us are not too proud of our prayer life—or lack of it. We can feel defeated and guilty. If you’re in that camp, Oswald Chambers has a message for you—quoted by James Banks in Daily Bread, July 11, 2017. “The prayer of the feeblest saint . . . is a terror to Satan.” If you’re a Christian, you’re a saint. That’s what the Bible says. And if you feel feeble, that makes you a feeble saint. According to Oswald Chambers, you therefore have the power to terrify Satan. I believe Chambers is on solid ground here. We tend to minimize the power of prayer. I don’t understand all the rationale for prayer, but I know the Bible holds it in high esteem. We are encouraged many times in the Bible to pray. Somehow, God is “unleashed” to do things that he would not do without our prayers. James 5:16. “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results (NLT).” Please note that it is not the power of the one praying; it’s the prayer that activates God to take action. There is no ministry that will accomplish more than the ministry of prayer. The Apostles understood that. They prioritized prayer and the ministry of the Word. Have at it, feeble saint!