Friday, June 25, 2004

Please pray again...

Then he prayed again...
and the sky poured rain
and the earth produced its fruit
-James 5:18

I think most of the challenge of the life in the spirit is the battle to simply...pray again.

Living in the truth and the knowledge that rain will come and the earth will once again bear its fruit is a hard discipline. The fact that the means and the ends are both connected to the simple yet monumental challenge of continued prayer is a mystery but not one that can't be grasped. We are called to become the instruments, the channels, the embodiment of God's work on the earth.

"The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available––dynamic in its working."
-(Amplified version, James 5:16)

This verse has been my transformation crucible.
It's testing fire has formed my inner life
and fueled the outliving work.
In it lies the power to break and make a man.
It's a grave and an open door.
It's a light that exposes the heart's true motives.
It's a tree of life whose leaves and fruit brings healing to the nations.

Theodore Epp observed,
"Once a man is satisfied that he is in the center of God's plan and God is working out His will through him, that man is invincible." are invincible.

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