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Today we’re going to look at the prayer life of a woman, who in all likelihood, you have never heard of before. Her name was Amelia Hudson Taylor. Perhaps, part of her name is familiar to you. Amelia was the mother of the famous missionary Hudson Taylor.

 

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“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” 

Colossians 4:2 

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In Mark chapter 10 we find the story of a blind man named Bartimaeus.
It says that as Jesus went out of Jericho with His disciples a great multitude followed them, and Blind Bartimaeus sat by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me!” Then some warned him to be quiet, but he cried out all the more, “Son of David have mercy on me!” 
 

For Bartimaeus, the first step towards healing was humility. 

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Today, we’re going to look at the prayer life of a missionary who, while not well known during his life, left an impact on souls for years to come: Jim Elliot. 

 

Jim was born in Oregon in 1927 to a minister and his wife and their two other children. Jim accepted Christ at a young age and grew to be increasingly close to his Heavenly Father. In 1945 he began attending Wheaton College where he learned, perhaps one of the most important lessons for any Christian, discipline. 

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Often, we find ourselves at a loss of words during our prayer time, or we are just learning to pray, or we have felt we have prayed so much that there are no more words left! We find good news regarding this predicament if we look into the verse found in Romans 8:26-27.

 

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

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When Jesus entered the temple everything changed! He drove out all that was keeping His house from being a house of prayer. After He finished, the blind and lame came and were healed! 

When His house is filled with His Presence there is life, light, power, and healing flowing! 

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Imagine its 1710 in a little village called Epworth, England. You’re the wife of the town cobbler and its been a very busy day for your husband so you’re taking some deliveries for him throughout the village. Spring has arrived and everyone has their windows open, grateful for a taste of fresh, clean air. As you go along you pass the parsonage and glance inside the open window. The sight that meets your eyes stops you in your tracks.

 

There are 8 children on the floor, table and chairs. Some are reading, some are working mathematical equations and a few smaller children are playing with blocks and sticks. In the midst of them is woman, sitting in a chair, and over her face is an apron. Yes, she has set an apron over her face and sits quietly and still. You shake your head, That Susanna Wesley is a strange one, you say to yourself as you walk on. 

 

Yes, that woman was Susanna Wesley, and that was her praying apron.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_King-David.jpgIt seems a fitting start, in the series on individuals of intercession, to discuss the man of prayer named King David. Since he practically wrote a whole entire book of prayer called the Psalms, found smack dab in the middle of our Bibles, we see many of his own accounts of desperate prayer and praise directed specifically towards the throne of God itself. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the Psalms has noticed that David had a full spectrum of very raw and real human emotions, just as we do. But he had the bravery and the deep intimate relationship with the Lord to feel it appropriate to expose the reality of his life and the truest feelings of his heart to God Himself, because he knew God! Before David was lifted to the place of royalty, he was but a lowly and lonely shepherd. He spent days and years alone in the fields tending to sheep and mastered his harp, spending countless hours singing praises to God, fellowshipping, and praying. That is why his psalms are so intimate, because they sprung from an intimate relationship with God himself.

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As Christians, we seek to model men and women of faith who run after God and have a relationship with Him that is undeniable. But something, something powerful, sets apart certain men and women of God from the rest. What is it? We believe it is their life of prayer. Those times, early in the morning, midday, or late at night, spent in their closets on their faces before God. Prayer. Prevailing, intercessory prayer, sets the great men and women of God apart from the rest.

 

We will be doing a series, alternating from the lives of men and women of intercession and lessons from King David’s prayer life, with the object of learning from and being encouraged by those who have gone before us.

 

So today, we begin with John Hyde, better known as “Praying Hyde.”

 

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“We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” - Eph. 6:12

 
Many Christians can quote this verse from Ephesians from memory, but as God’s people do we fully understand it’s meaning in the depths of our hearts? 


These principalities and powers of darkness are real, and they are ruled by Satan himself. Satan and his army are working continually to destroy you — to destroy God’s people and to hinder the kingdom of God from advancing on earth. They seek to kill, steal, and destroy! 

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Those who trust in the Lord cannot be moved! 

 

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Many Christians across America spent weeks and months praying for the midterm elections; many spent time praying that the righteous would be exalted and that those who are ungodly would be removed from positions of authority. The midterm election results were not what many had hoped for, and it may seem that our prayers were not heard or answered. 

Because we don’t see all that God sees, we often don’t understand His ways or His decisions. We might not understand why He didn’t answer our prayers according to how we wanted or expected. We may get discouraged and think we have lost ground. 

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The following was written by Bonnie Barrows in 1976. This powerful message fell on deaf ears more than 30 years, but may the call at the end of the article move our hearts today

The greatest threat to spiritual awakening in America is Christian withdrawal.

Though 2 Chronicles 7:14 promises “healing to the land”, many of God’s people wag their heads in unbelief, questioning whether the land can be healed, or even should be. Twentieth-century prophets of gloom predict that America is beyond hope, beyond faith, beyond mercy. 

This negativism has caused many to turn their backs to the spiritual, social and moral issues facing our nation...to walk away from involvement with a “what can I do about it” attitude.

"After all, isn’t this the way it will be in the last days? Isn’t this just a sign of the times? Let’s eat, drink, and be merry...the Lord is coming soon!” 
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The following is an excerpt from Kneeling We Triumph by Edwin and Lillian Harvey. ​​​​​​​​

 

There are two ways of praying. One asks and hopes; the other craves and waits until he has obtained. It is just this “until” that characterizes the latter.

 

One seeks God and finds Him; the other strives with God and triumphs. The first observes scrupulously his daily devotions; the second stays on his knees hours a day, through the night.

 

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Recently, I read a testimony of a pastor who before he was converted was a Satanist. He shared that as a satanic high priest he was most effective when believers were prayerless. He said he could gain position in the spiritual realm against those who were not praying. On the other hand, he said when Christians were praying it stopped his evil plans in their tracks. He said he always knew in what cities and neighborhoods Christians were praying. He had less power in cities where God’s people prayed.

 

Why did he have less power? When God’s people pray His power is released.

 

Prayer does not release some mere force of man or nature. Prayer releases the immeasurable wealth and power of Almighty God!

 

“Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jer 33:3)

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Three American men, held in captivity without hope, with no way out of the terrible North Korean prison were suddenly set free a few weeks ago!

Imagine if you were in those oppressive prisons, doomed to years of hard labor, and suddenly you were told, “You are free — free to go home, to hug your loved ones. Free at last!” You would walk out of that prison feeling like you were dreaming. That is what these three men experienced. Imagine how they felt when their plane landed on US soil!

When those freed prisoners landed at Andrews Air Force Base one of them gave Vice President Pence a note. Written on it were these words from Psalms 126:
“When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with singing... The Lord has done great things for America, the Lord has done great things for us!”

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“I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all your work and talk of your deeds.” ~ Psalms 77:11-12

 

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The book of Jonah is a little book with a big message for us, even today. It is the story of a man who was disobedient to the Lord and ended up in a hopeless situation. His disobedience led to great darkness and despair in his life with absolutely no hope of being saved by natural means.

Because of our disobedience America, like Jonah, is in deep darkness and there is no hope of being saved through any man or political party. God is our only hope of salvation!

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It is tradition for many people to make New Year resolutions. Every year many of us make resolutions centered around our general health, finances, family, etc.
I don’t typically make resolutions, but this year I made a spiritual resolution that I would like to invite all who read this to make as well. At the beginning of the year, I spent time praying for what God has for America Pray Now in 2018, and I was reminded of the life of Daniel and the resolution that he made. 
In all Babylon, which was the greatest nation of its time, there was none found like Daniel and his three friends. Throughout his life, Daniel was honored and exalted by the various kings of Babylon. Daniel was a young Jew who had been taken into captivity by King Nebuchadnezzar, yet not long after King Nebuchadnezzar is found falling down on his face prostrate before Daniel. The next two kings after also honored and exalted Daniel and decreed to the entire kingdom that everyone had to serve Daniel’s God because he was the living God. 
How could a Jewish captive come to influence three of the greatest kings of his time? What made him so different than all the others living in Babylon? Why was he the one exalted and honored?
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The past few weeks we have been mourning the loss of Billy Graham but also rejoicing knowing he is reaping the rewards of his labor. His ministry and preaching has probably in some way impacted every one of us, and his influence has affected our nation in incredible ways. In the Bible when a great leader passed away, often it was a sign that God was going to do something new, like in the case of Moses and Joshua.
 

Recently I heard it prayed, “Lord raise up 1,000 Billy Grahams!”

 

May it be so! I believe that God wants to raise up 1,000 Billy Grahams. He is looking for those who have come to know Him, through whom He can do great exploits! Many of us made the Daniel Resolution recently. As we seek Him daily He not only wants to visit us, but He also wants to use us. In Scripture, we see that there is a type of prayer that moves God’s heart and moves Him to respond.

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