Devotional for Day 16 – 21 August 2013
Andrew Murray, the South African devotional writer, teacher and pastor (1828-1917)
in acknowledgment of Christian leaders of the past who still speak to us today
Reflection is from the 31-Day Guide to Prayer
used by special permission of Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Prayer is by Marilyn Rowsome of the Australian National Day of Prayer and Fasting
Intention: The evangelization of the world depends first of all upon a revival of prayer. Deeper than the need for men – aye, deep down at the bottom of our spiritless life, is the need for the forgotten secret of prevailing, worldwide prayer.
And I will fill [them] with a spirit of mercy and a spirit of prayer (Zechariah 12:10 GNT).
Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people (Ephesians 6:18 GNT).
Reflection: Every child of God has the Holy Spirit in him to pray. God waits to give the Spirit in full measure. Ask for yourself, and all who join, the outpouring of the Spirit of supplication [prayer]. Ask it for your own prayer circle. It is only in the power of the Spirit already in us, acknowledged and yielded to, that we can pray for His fuller manifestation. Say to the Father, it is the Spirit of His Son in you that is urging you to plead His promise.
Pray that our mission work may be done in this spirit – waiting on God, hearing the voice of the Spirit, sending forth men with fasting and prayer (Acts 13:2-4). Pray that in our churches our mission interest and mission work may be in the power of the Holy Spirit and of prayer. It is a Spirit-filled, praying church that will send out Spirit-filled missionaries, mighty in prayer.
Time is one of the chief standards of value. The time we give is a proof of the interest we feel. We need time with God – to realize His presence; wait for Him to make Himself known; to consider and feel the needs we plead for; to take our place in Christ; to pray ‘til we can believe that we have received. Take time in prayer, and pray down blessing on the mission work of the church.
Prayer: Lord of All, I ask that you pour out your Spirit on me and my fellowship that we will be moved to pray. Help us to continue steadfastly in mighty prevailing prayer for worldwide revival. Too often our praying is replaced by activities and busyness in our lives and in our fellowships. Forgive us for our prayerlessness and our carelessness with your Word. We repent of self-effort and selfishness that makes us depend on worldly strategies or the flesh. Help us to pray in the power of your Holy Spirit using the sword of the Spirit. We give ourselves wholeheartedly to your ways for your work.
We thank you for the acceleration of mighty global, national and local prayer movements in the last few decades. We declare now a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to you, as never before, throughout the earth, that will bring great glory to your name. In Jesus name. Amen.
[Blogger’s Comment: Andrew Murray’s devotional writings from over 100 years ago have been updated into modern English for us today by Whittaker House, New Kensington, PA. They have gathered 5 of his books on prayer under one title, Andrew Murray on Prayer. My journey with Andrew Murray through these devotionals began in May 2013 when I bought a marked-down copy of Your Prayers Barbour Publishing, Inc in a sale-bin at a local bookstore. In it was Andrew Murray’s short little ‘book’,
31-Day Guide to Prayer.
As I used this daily, I was so inspired I felt these could be used as devotionals in this global prayer call. I wrote to Barbour Publishing asking for permission but this was denied. Instead God had a better idea of inviting prayer leaders of today (and others) from around the world to write devotions. Then one day Barbour Publishing wrote unexpectedly saying they had reconsidered and would allow us to use two devotions from the book! So that is how today’s devotion came about.
Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was concerned about prayerlessness in the Church of his time. At 78 he retired from his work as a missionary pastor in rural South Africa, to devote himself to writing until he died at 87. He wrote with intensity and zeal about the necessity of unceasing prayer in the spiritual life. The devotions quoted for today come from the appendix to his book The Ministry of Intercession (available as a free e-book), which he calls ‘the school of intercession’ or the practical application of the book as readers devote 10 mins a day to actually interceding (not just reading about it).
Indeed prayer is the great power by which the Church should do its work and neglecting intercession leads instead to trust in our own diligence and effort. We tend to work more but pray less and so the presence and power of God are not seen in our ministry. O Lord, teach us to pray!
If this is your heart cry too, I invite you to journey with Andrew Murray and With Christ in the School of Prayer. Start by buying or downloading some materials through the links given here. Read in particular the chapter called The Coming Revival. Andrew Murray is considered a forerunner of Pentecostalism which arose in the early 1900s. What can our mighty God do through us as we pray, fast and repent by the power of the Holy Spirit! MR]
Intercede as you have never done before, faithfully and consistently, for the 4 prayer goals as the Lord leads you.
- Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
- Pray for a billion people to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
- Pray for an end to abortion and for God to turn back the tide of death and immorality that is sweeping the nations of the world.
- Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.