"Powerful Dynamics of Prayer"
I remember as a young boy how the hairs on the back of my neck would stand at attention, ready to go to battle for Christ (whatever that meant), when we sang this song:
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe; forward into battle see His banners go!
* Chorus: Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.
Ohwee! I’m psyched up for “marching as to war” (whatever that means). And if that doesn’t get me revved up, listen to this:
At the sign of triumph, Satan’s host doth flee; On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver, at the shout of praise; brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise!
Charge! I’m not completely sure what all the lyrics mean, but it sounds like Christ is calling us to battle.
We sing great songs about God’s power. We make bold proclamations regarding his victories. We sing about shaking hell’s foundation. But like the disciples, when we really must do something with those declarations we say, “It can’t be done!”
We look at the magnitude of the situations surrounding our battle (i.e. the souls of unsaved friends), and then to our limitations and say, “There’s nothing I can do! … therefore … This (praying for the souls of my family and friends) can’t have anything to do with me … therefore ... I do nothing.” (John 6:5-9)
This Sunday we are going to look at one of the powerful dynamics of prayer that really does make “Hell’s foundations quiver!”
Hope to see you this Sunday!!