This guest post was written by Caleb Otto. It is his response to the post “Who’s in the library?”
Throughout history there has been monumental effort expended to enlarge different kingdoms, whether it be a political, territorial, or religious reign.
This world is literally dying for lack of men and women who are investing their all to advance the Kingdom of God. If we as Christians endeavor to counter the darkness of the world solely with worldly weapons, we will lose. They have someone bigger fighting for them: Satan. We have God fighting for us, and His power far exceeds the devil’s power.
What we must do is apply ourselves to laying hold of God’s power. Yes, we must utilize our minds in the battle, but real victories are won only when we pray.
Paul, one of the most influential men in Christian history, said: “Where is the wise…where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20, ESV)
This is not an argument for ignorance. Rather, it is a plea for us to remember the futility of trying to advance the Kingdom of God by mere intellect and human reasoning. Samuel Chadwick said that Satan “Laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”
“When the Spirit has come to reside in someone, that person cannot stop praying; for the Spirit prays without ceasing in him. No matter if he is asleep or awake, prayer is going on in his heart all the time….The slightest stirring of his heart is like a voice which sings in silence and in secret to the Invisible.”
(Isaac the Syrian)
“Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.”
(Psalm 119:89–91, ESV)
“Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!”
(Psalm 117, ESV)
“Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our person, but they are helpless against our prayers.”
(J. Sidlow Baxter)
The Lord’s Prayer includes the expression of a desire for God’s name to be hallowed. This comment by Martin Luther may help us to better understand that petition.
“How is God’s name hallowed among us? It is when both our doctrine and living are truly Christian.”
“Moments of prayer intruded on by sloth cannot be made up. We may get experience, but we cannot get back the rich freshness and strength which were wrapped up in those moments.”
(Frederick W. Robertson)