Bishop Harold D. Duncan
We are living in what the Bible calls perilous times. Let us be certain that I am not predicting the Lords return. Although it is a truth to be reckoned with. No man knows the day or the hour, but his return is inevitable. As we consider the world stage, it is certain that answers are needed. Our man made solutions are far beneath what is required to turn matters around so the we can experience heaven on earth.
We are engaged in a spiritual battle that cannot be won with human weapons. When writing to the believers at Thessalonia, Paul encourages them to pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17. If we are to see the manifestation of God’s Word in the earth, the outpouring of His Spirit, and revival it will begin with prayer. It is the foundation of the move of God that will bring significant change in the earth. The English evangelist, Leonard Ravenhill said, “Prayer is faith in action. It is the most essential ingredient in producing revival. Where there is a revival, all other necessary things, i.e. love, justice, peace, etc. are joined to it.
All believers are encouraged to pray but even greater, we are called to pray. It must be a continuous activity of the universal church. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 in The Passion Translation says it like this, “Make your life a prayer.” This is the essence of our calling. We must never understand prayer to be an option but a daily necessity. If we fail to do so, we surrender our spiritual rights and we can blame no one but ourselves. We have the assurance that if we ask anything according to the will of God, he will hear us and we will have the petitions that we request. The Lord is waiting for the cry of his people. The prophet Jeremiah writes, “Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things which you do not know.” Prayer is the Fathers will and desire for us.
All things can be affected by prayer or the lack of it. If we are to secure the yes’ and amens of God’s promises, we must do so with prayer. His ear is attentive!