When a general chooses the place from which he intends to strike the enemy, he pays most attention to those points which he thinks most important in the fight. Thus there was on the battlefield of Waterloo a farmhouse which Wellington immediately saw was the key to the situation, He did not spare his troops in his endeavour to hold the point for the victory depended on it.
So it actually happened. It is the same in the conflict between the believer and the powers of darkness. The inner chamber, the place of prayer, is the place where the decisive victory is obtained.
The enemy uses all his power to lead Christians, and above all the minister, to neglect prayer. He knows that however admirable the sermon may be, however attractive the service, however faithful the pastoral visits, none of these things can damage him or his kingdom if prayer is neglected.
When the Church shuts herself up to the power of the inner chamber, and the soldiers of the Lord have received on their knees “power from on high” then the powers of darkness will be shaken and he souls will be delivered.
In the Church, on the mission field, with the minister and his congregation everything depends on the faithful exercise of the power of prayer.Post published in: Faith