While The Ark Encounter is being advertised on Times Square, our modern day prayer hero received a confirmation from Hael, his guardian angel. They are talking about the wonderful late teacher Dr. Walter Martin and how he never let dogma get in between his loving on people for the sake of the gospel, and then on page 126, this interchange occurs, with Hael speaking:
“And as for the age of the earth, you know that he believed in an old earth, right? Well, when he got to heaven, he learned that the earth is only six-thousand-ish years old.”
I have been home now for a day and a half from the CBA-International Christian retailers trade show which was in Cincinnati Ohio.
I must confess that when my marketing guy told me we needed to do this trade show I thought he was crazy. But after being with these folks for a few days I came away with a completely different vision then neither he nor I expected. I found numerous opportunities to do ministry here! And by God’s grace, I did.
I was there to peddle my books, but I found myself encouraging those that I came into contact with. I prayed with them. I challenged them, and a few times, I preached to them. One of the more memorable times came during the new products venue, where we invested a lot of money to show off The Pray-ers (www.ThePray-ers.com). But for the previous 36 hours, what I wanted to say about my book seemed the wrong message. Just before I was to speak she texted and askedhow things were going, here was my reply:
PRAY FOR ME!!! I speak in 5 minutes. It’s NOT an accident that you texted me. I’m really confused about what to say!!!
If you know me, WHEN have I wondered what to say? Well, I spent 2 minutes talking about my book and then the rest of the time exhorting them to trust the Lord. The next day so many of them that were on the room came up and thanked me for speaking the way I did.
Will I return to the CBA? Yep!
Many of you know that my prayer partner and I do a number of conference call praying sessions every week. Starting Wednesday, July 6th we will add a CBA prayer conference call.
It is a 15 minute call that anyone can participate in.
The call in number is (605) 562-3000 and the Access code: 347361#.
The call in time will be 10:30 am, Eastern time zone.
On page 45 of The Pray-ers, our itinerant preacher, Alexander Rich is known as a man who never ceases to pray. . .
This character in the book has become one of the favorites. Below you will see a link to the book as well as a previous post that we have re-posted, and example of WHY we should be “prayed-up” which becomes a similar learning point that our Itinerant preacher, Alexander Rich experienced.
The preacher, known both here on earth and in heaven as a man of prayer would never cease to pray. He and God would talk about everything and anything at any time.
I just wrote a post on THE RESULTS of praying without ceasing. You might find this short post encouraging:
Our latest book comes out of the CTM Prayer Classics section. It is from the 1830’s. Here is a post, from today’s devo, that I sent to my Kenyan Ministry partners:
As I read today’s Devo I believes it sets the proper tone for our seeking the Lord, namely, humility.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.
Promise (from God)
Matthew 23:12b He that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Prayer (to God)
Psalm 38:18 I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
Do you remember me telling you about the 82 children that sang for us the first day we were in Kenya last month? Do you remember the body language they used when singing, “We humbly come before You, God”? Do you remember what they did? They bowed low, right? And do you remember how I joked about the way we as adults come “humbly” before God? I thrust my fist up into the air and then said with a loud voice, “We HUMBLY come before You, God.” All of you laughed, and why did you laugh? I think that it was a bit of a laugh of embarrassment wasn’t it? It was embarrassment because you know that at times your attitude and my attitude when coming before God is FAR FROM humble.
So let me ask you a question, which are you more likely to talk to God about, favour or humility, strength or humility, wealth or humility, blessing or humility, revelation or humility, material things or humility?
Would you pray this prayer with me, from the verses above?
“Oh great sovereign Lord (Psalm 103:19), I have been reminded today of the proper view of humility. I have been reminded that my will is not the basis of humility, rather, submitting to You is the focus. And Father, if you lift me up (James 4:10) here on earth, or in heaven, whatever You want to do is fine with me. I recognize Lord that it is not humility when I tell you to lift me up here on earth, in front of other people. You may choose to, or You may not. I am fine with WHATEVER You choose to do. Exalt me Lord (Matthew 23:12b) whenever and where ever You choose to, here on earth or in heaven. Out of, I think, true humility, I leave that choice to You. And then finally Lord, I recognize that when I humble myself before You, that You make plain to me my sins, which I will own, agree with You and not make excuses, and then ask for forgiveness (Psalm 38:18), turning from them. Thank You for the reminder in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that when I seek Your face, NOT Your strong Hand, that You show me my sin, and when You show me my sin, my job is to ask forgiveness, which is the prayer You hear and answer, and then, the separation/barrier caused by my sin (Isaiah 59:2) is gone and in a very real sense, You have just healed the land where I trod. Oh Lord I praise You for continuing to teach me true humility. Thank You Lord.”
No, Dr. Dale does not drive his car into a “Drive Thru Prayer Line” nor does he begin one in Macon GA, but, interestingly enough, there is a picture, in the mind of Hael, that if God ever gives Hael his wish, those around Dr. Dale’s car will begin to pray immediately. Unfortunately I can’t tell you what that scene is without stealing from the book, but as you read it, you’ll see what the Guardian Angel Hael wants to do.
And then there is our Itinerant Preacher, Alexander Rich. In a very real way, he and Sterling (his horse) ride up to Bro. Ted Mark’s home, and Bro. Hubert pulls up his buggy and all three go to town praying. They are, if you’ll allow the stretch, driving-thru to pray-thru a very challenging problem, together.
Blessings my friend, and enjoy. Remember that you can download the e-pub version, which is a .PDF that you can play on any device, and of course you can order the book, or get it on Kindle.
Now Now I admit, that in this photo he looks like a harmless little fuzz-ball.
But I know him!
And that is NOT always the case . . . By the way, I’m talking about the adult here, not the child.
The adult is a friend of mine, a missionary in Honduras. I took a team down there and along the way this little guy found a friend in, well, the “harmless little fuzz-ball” we know as Greg Hines. In addition to being a missionary down there he and his wife are strongly encouraging the economy with Abundant Life Coffee.
But FORGET about his good deeds for a minute, and forget that an impressionable young kid could think that Greg is a harmless little fuzz-ball, I got a call from him the other day. You see, when I was down there I left him one of my books, you know, as a gift! Huh! He called me recently and with great threatening is his voice said, “Mark, You’d BETTER be on track to complete book 2 on time. I Just finished the book you sent me.
As a good steward I confidently told him I am 10,000 words into book 2. The problem is that I am still 10,000 words into book 2. So, if you think about it. Pray for me, that I would get moving again on book 2.
“Greg, we are still planning a Christmas release date.”
Two weeks ago at a Church called Borangi, near Kisii, Kenya I met a group of Pray-ers who begin each Sunday at 5am praying in their church. They do this every Sunday!
Are you thinking, “Whew, this is a big commitment?” I thought the same thing when I saw their church’s Sunday Schedule:
After sitting in the back room awaiting some of the others to arrive, I saw this schedule and was immediately amazed at the commitment these folks make for prayer.
Please note that they are beginning their Sunday at 5am and then going nearly all day.
Can we be honest? How many of us check the snooze button on our wake-up clock to “squeeze” as many minutes of sleep out of a Sunday as we can. And then we hop in our car so that we make it to the worship service on time, to say nothing of Sunday School, or, God forbid, an early morning prayer time.
I have a good friend who is a pastor here in greater Atlanta whose “early morning prayer time” (which begins at 9am) continues to dwindle in numbers, simply because, if you’ll pardon my directness, BECAUSE WE ARE TOO LAZY!
Friends, we have GOT TO learn the blessings that come with turning our ENTIRE life over to God, including our time of sleep. On Sunday mornings I pray for the places I have visited, and I pray Colossians 4:2-4 which ends up being, “Father, cause these men and women to be devoted to prayer, to be watchful (which means they will give up sleep to pray) and to be thankful, and periodically remember to pray for me…”
If you have read my book, The Pray-ers, you know that the itinerant preacher, Alexander Rich prays this for every church he visits also.
I have decided that the people above, from Kenya, will be mentioned in book 2, when a racist preacher that Bro. Rich
squares off with in Book 1, has a real heart change, which is evident in book 2.
But, you’ll have to get the books to figure out what I’m talking about.
Blessings my friends, and give up some sleep to pray!