HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” (Luke 2:36-37).
No doubt by praying we learn to pray, and the more we pray the oftener we can pray, and the better we can pray. He who prays in fits and starts is never likely to attain to that effectual, fervent prayer which availeth much.
Great power in prayer is within our reach, but we must go to work to obtain it. Let us never imagine that Abraham could have interceded so successfully for Sodom if he had not been all his life in the practice of communion with God.
Jacob’s all-night at Peniel was not the first occasion upon which he had met his God. We may even look upon our Lord’s most choice and wonderful prayer with his disciples before His Passion as the flower and fruit of His many nights of devotion, and of His often rising up a great while before day to pray.
If a man dreams that he can become mighty in prayer just as he pleases, he labours under a great mistake. The prayer of Elias which shut up heaven and afterwards opened its floodgates was one of long series of mighty prevailing with God. Oh, that Christian men and women would remember this! Perseverance in prayer is necessary to prevalence in prayer.
Those great intercessors, who are not so often mentioned as they ought to be in connection with confessors and martyrs, were nevertheless the grandest benefactors of the Church; but it was only by abiding at the mercy-seat that they attained to be such channels of mercy to men. We must pray to pray, and continue in prayer that our prayers may continue.
The word of God tells us to pray without ceasing. These are not any ordinary words but they are for the Christian believers. In season and out of season, it means to pray and stay there until something happens. Hannah prayed and stayed in the temple until God answers her prayers. She continued praying and she never ceases to petition the God of heaven. There are so many women of old, prayer warriors that knock at the door of heaven constantly and they knew where to look for the answers. Cornelius prayed so often that his prayers were stored in vials until that day when God heard enough and poured out his prayers. Does that tell you something? Oh, that men will praise the Lord for His goodness and we can only praise Him when we learn to meet the Lord in prayers.