Taken from the Pastors Column of MBBC church paper on January 28, 1972
A CHALLENGE FROM THE LORD TO MBBC
“I have set watchmen (intercessors) upon thy walls, O Jerusalem , which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give Him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
God has graciously poured out a spirit of Intercession upon our people and we’re praising Him for what He’s doing through answered prayer. According to John 14:12, 13, this is the way Jesus intended us to do “greater works;” The tragedy of our day is that churches don’t recognize prayer as a METHOD OF EVANGELISM, perhaps the most important method, for effective witnessing depends upon effective interceding. Just last week I read an article dealing with the things necessary for winning souls. Neither the Holy Spirit nor Prayer were mentioned! Nowadays the usual procedure is to formulate all our plans, programs and methods of winning people, then add a dash of prayer for flavor. No wonder the promise of Jesus to equal and exceed His works mocks us. Let’s bring the level of our experience up to the level of God’s Word!
And the God-ordained way is through the ministry of Intercession. Intercession will, according to Jesus in Matthew 9:3 8, produce witnesses and soul winners. James 5:16 assures us that prevailing prayer will provide all the power required.
I’m asking God to so move among us that in the very near future we’ll have people interceding 24 hours a day, wrapping our church and it’s ministry in a blanket of prevailing prayer. We’ll be asking for volunteers to join our army of intercessors. Be ready.
2002 Ron Dunn. Used by permission of LifeStyle Ministries. This article is copyrighted and is for your individual use. Reproduction for any other purpose is governed by copyright laws and is strictly prohibited. This material originally appeared in the MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church newsletter.