A human being lives, but he is given life.
As we learned yesterday, God’s word teaches that prayer is necessary for an individual and a church to experience revival. Prayer is necessary for the “strongholds” of Satan to be cast down, and for saving of the lost: (2Cor. 10:4, 5). Prayer is necessary for a Christian to remain strong in the Lord: (Eph. 6:18). I find it amazing that prayer, which seems so powerless and insignificant the natural
person, is so necessary and powerful for the spiritual person. Why is prayer so important and necessary in God’s work?
The lost are blinded to the Gospel because it is “hid” from their view. The word translated hid is Greek word kalupsis, which refers to a “vial.” The key to saving the lost is to remove this veil that blinds them. By adding the prefix apo to the Greek word for veil the word becomes “revelation,” or “unveiling.” Hence, the lost need an unveiling, or a revelation of God’s truth. So the question is, how can this
unveiling happen in the lives of the lost? Intercessory prayer will remove from the mind of the unbeliever the veil causing spiritual blindness. The good news is that God has given the Christian the authority to pull down Satan’s strongholds and to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5)
Ellen White understood the necessity of prayer for those outside on Christ when she wrote: “through much prayer you must labor for souls, for this is the only method by which you can reach hearts. It is not to your work but the work of Christ who is by your side, that impresses hearts” (Evangelism p.342)
The praying Church Sourcebook gives the following list of what God’s will is for the unsaved. In your prayers for them include some of the following
Supporting Scripture; (2 Cor. 4:3, 4), (Acts 3:19), (John 1:12), (Matt. 7:21)
Personal Reflection and Discussion