by Robert Brock
Prayer Is the Duty of God’s Preachers
“It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word,” Acts 6:2, 4.
People have an odd idea that preachers have a red telephone to the throne room of God. However, Luke 23:45 says, “The veil of the temple was rent in the midst.” God invites believers to come to His throne and seek mercy. Strangely, some think the preacher can bargain with God to do what he wants. Jesus, the greatest preacher to walk the earth, prayed to His father concerning everything, even going to the cross. He always followed the leadership of His Father as we should. Each prayer He ended by surrendering to God’s will. Mediation is all about God and His will regardless of which preacher pleads our case.
We cannot force God to obey us by getting more clout on our side, forcing Him to change the laws of nature and perform a miracle to make our pain go away. However, Paul made it clear in several letters that he wanted all the churches praying for each other and for God’s will in his ministry. His objective was to get them involved in the ministry of the church and to seek God’s will. “If we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us” (1 John 5:14). Like Jesus, our objective in prayer should be for God’s glory, not necessarily our relief.
THOUGHT: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous
man availeth much” (James 5:16). Make sure your
preacher is a righteous man who is willing to submit to
God’s will. If God does not perform a miracle for us, it does not mean the preacher doesn’t have enough clout before the throne.