The story is told that George Mueller had a prayer list of five men who didn’t know Jesus. He prayed every day that these men would come to know Jesus. After one year, one of the men gave his life to Christ. Another one came to Jesus a decade later and then another years after that. For fifty-four years, Mueller prayed for the final two, and one gave his life to Jesus at Mueller’s funeral, and the final one did so a year after his death. The faithful prayer of one man saw five of his friends come to know Jesus. Prayer changes things.
“Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting holy hands, without wrath and dissension.”
Cry Out for a Mighty Move of God
There has never been a time when prayer is more needed than today. The church should be on its knees, crying out for a mighty move of God. This world is in need, and we have the solution through Jesus Christ. The only way people realize their need for Him is by the church coming together to pray.
The change has to start with the church. Every great revival has always started with the Holy Spirit convicting the church of its sins, and the people repenting. When change happens in the church, it overflows into the community. Repentance comes by us recognizing our sins and begging God for forgiveness. Then we seek Him with all of our heart. We can’t let dissension or wrath prevent us from seeking God.
Prayer Changes Things
Paul tells Timothy that he wants the men to pray. Imagine what it would be like if the men of every church led the people? When we do prayer, our posture is essential. We need to pray with lifted hands. There is a lot of speculation as to what lifted hands mean. Look at it in two ways: first, lifting our hands shows our surrender to God, and second, lifted hands show our desperate need for Him. When we come with this mindset, we are ready for God to do a mighty work