Also behind the doors and their posts
You have set up your remembrance;
For you have uncovered yourself to those other than Me,
And have gone up to them;
You have enlarged your bed
And made a covenant with them;
You have loved their bed,
Where you saw their nudity.
It has been said that Spurgeon was once asked the secret of such success in his ministry. Taking the individual by the hand and leading them to another room, he showed a crowded room of people, on their knees, praying for his ministry. Nothing that I know of could be more appreciated than the knowledge that there are those who are daily standing with me in prayer. I was recently visiting my home church, and was assured by many of that truth: “I pray for you every day.” Without that support, I probably would have faltered beyond repair. Instead, God continues to give me the physical, spiritual, and material backing to carry on His work today.
Remember me having said something about the discontinued prayer meetings in our churches. The reasons may be numerous. Some of our churches have so many meetings, for so many ages, that people find it impossible to keep up with the pace, and the first thing cancelled on their schedule is prayer meeting. I realize that some of the problems I have already mentioned are there, but I am also aware that in a lot of cases, both parents are working and schedules are as the saying goes, “like a chicken with its head cut off.”
Isaiah has a beautiful thought that is in reference to the Millennial blessings that shall exist, and not be relegated to Israel alone: “For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” He adds to it this verse: “The Lord God, who gathers the dispersed of Israel declares, ‘Yet others I will gather to them, to those already gathered’.” (57:8)
Things are changing and we are enamored with numbers, and programs, and music, and the list goes on. (Check your Bulletin) I check the illuminated signs outside of the churches and coffee clutches; ice-cream socials and bingo are all there, but there is seldom a sign that says: PRAYER MEETING in This House of Prayer.
Just a thought that is floating through my brain!