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The Power of a Praying Christian

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

by Dr. Paul Chappell

"And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint."

Luke 18:1

The key to resisting the devil is seeking God through prayer.

Many people remember William Cowper for his many poems, hymns, and writings. Also, Cowper spent extensive amounts of time translating Homer's Illiad and Odyssey into blank verse. But what people don't realize is the many physical and psychological battles Cowper faced throughout his life.

After recovering from his first bout of depression and a nervous breakdown, Cowper moved to Olney to live with a retired minister and his wife. Olney is where William met John Newton, who was involved in writing hymns. Together they compiled Olney Hymns (not published until 1779).

Despite a life-long battle with depression, God used Cowper to write several great hymns many churches sing today. Cowper learned from Newton that God could use anyone, no matter how weak they were. The key was a close relationship with God and a daily prayer life. Consider the following phrases from Cowper's hymns:

"Oh! for a closer walk with GOD,
A calm and heav'nly frame;
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!"

"GOD moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm."

Cowper was also quoted once as saying, "Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees." The power of prayer in a Christian's life is a mighty tool. Jesus even points out the importance of prayer in Luke 18 by telling a parable that stated that "men ought always to pray, and not to faint."

Why is prayer so important? Prayer is a conscious dependence upon God. As we draw closer to God through prayer, we will realize we need Him more. Prayer shines a light on our inabilities and pushes us to rely on God's power.

Have you ever realized how weak you are compared to the devil? Even your strongest defenses are as feathers to his attacks. But when you are on your knees in prayer, seeking God's help, your defense is stronger than any attack Satan can bring. The key to resisting the devil is seeking God through prayer.

You are about to face another day of living. The devil is already poised for an attack; ready to see you fall away from God. But you don't have to fall prey to his attacks. Spend time in prayer. Seek God's help. Ask for His powerful armor of protection as you face the day, and continue in prayer throughout the day. Draw closer to God today through prayer and allow Him to protect you as His child.

To learn more about the ministries of Lancaster Baptist Church and Pastor Chappell, please visit lancasterbaptist.org, paulchappell.com, or follow him on twitter.

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