The Light Washed Path

PRAYER: Successful Prayer

Ex. 17:10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

Ex. 17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

Ex. 17:12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,

As previously stated, true praying is a path that leads somewhere. But saying prayers is a religious treadmill, with no goal other than exercise. Prayer should always have a point.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receivethem, and ye shall have them.

In Exodus 17, in the battle against the Amalekites, Israel prevailed in the valley, as long as Moses’ hands were raised on the mountaintop. This was a wonderful picture of successful prayer. It demonstrates that though our battles in life require effort and engagement, that it’s really the prayer and intercession that determines the outcome. Prayer can cause inferior forces and abilities to prevail. But superior forces and the best abilities cannot succeed a prayer failure, in God’s Kingdom. Talent and technology can gather a crowd, but only prayer can open souls.

John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

The power of sin’s grip over the soul is completely unaffected by human talent or intelligence. Until prayer brings down the power of the Holy Spirit, sin’s chains cannot be broken.

The Bible writers assumed that all prayers of faith, made according to God’s will are answered. That is, that God has already granted these things in His will, through Christ. They wait only for the prayer of faith, without wavering in doubt, to reach out and receive the answer.

2 Cor. 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

1 John 5:14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if weask anything according to His will, He hears us.

1 John 5:15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

Matt. 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matt. 7:8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

John 14:13 “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:14 “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

Back to Exodus 17 and the battle against the Amalekites. So confident were the Israelites in the prayer of Moses that they stationed Aaron and Hur on either side of him to hold up his arms. Weariness could not be allowed to interfere with Moses’ intercession. For us, the lesson is to get faithful friends to help us pray, if need be, till the victory is accomplished. But whatever you do, don’t let down!  Successful prayer demands an absolute dedication to its outcome. Prayers often fail, not because of the absence of God’s will but the absence of man’s will.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receivethem, and ye shall have them.

Moses’ successor, Joshua, had a similar experience.

Josh. 10:12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

Josh. 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Isnot this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

Josh. 10:14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

Joshua had boxed the Amorites up in the Valley of Ajalon, and would have finished them off, but the Sun was setting, and under the protection of darkness the Amorites were about to scurry up the hills and get away.  Joshua was not about to let them escape, only to regroup and fight another day. So his faith led him to the only answer: the Sun must hold its position, until the battle is completed. From this stunning story we learn that God is willing and:

Eph. 3:20 …able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,according to the power that worketh in us,

What limits wait to be pushed, by the determined servant of God, who is willing to press in prayer, what must be done, not for his own glory, but for Christ? Success in prayer is determined more by the will of man than the will of God; more by the dauntless faith of prayer warriors, than by the wary insecurities of the cautiously religious.

Dan. 11:32 …the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

The more we know our God and our covenant, the farther beyond the ordinary, we are willing to press in prayer. The less we will need the roadmap of men to guide our praying, and the more we will blaze trails of faith through the covenant Word of God.

More on Prayer tomorrow…so until then…

Stay On The Path!