From the Secret Place of Prayer

1 Kings 19:18 KJV, “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.”

Ephesians 6:10-13 KJV, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

EG White, SOP Vol 4, 1884, pp. 168-169, “God’s faithful builders were not toiling alone. While ‘principalities and powers and wicked spirits in high places’ were leagued against them, the Lord did not forsake his people. Could their eyes have been opened, they would have seen as marked evidence of divine presence and aid as was granted to a prophet of old. When Elisha’s servant pointed his master to the hostile army surrounding them, and cutting off all opportunity for escape, the prophet prayed, ‘Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.’ And, lo, the mountain was filled with chariots and horses of fire, the army of Heaven stationed to protect the man of God. Thus did angels guard the workers in the cause of the Reformation. God had commanded his servants to build, and no opposing force could drive them from the walls.

From the secret place of prayer came the power that shook the world in the Great Reformation. There, with holy calmness, the servants of the Lord set their feet upon the rock of his promises. During the struggle at Augsburg, Luther did not fail to devote three hours each day to prayer; and these were taken from that portion of the day most favorable to study. In the privacy of his chamber he was heard to pour out his soul before God in words full of adoration, fear, and hope, as if speaking to a friend. ‘I know that thou art our Father and our God,’ he said, ‘and that thou wilt scatter the persecutors of thy children; for thou art thyself endangered with us. All this matter is thine, and it is only by thy constraint that we have put our hands to it. Defend us then, 0 Father!’ To Melancthon, who was crushed under the burden of anxiety and fear, he wrote: ‘Grace and peace in Christ ! In Christ, I say, and not in the world, Amen! I hate with exceeding hatred those extreme cares which consume you. If the cause is unjust, abandon it; if the cause is just, why should we belie the promises of Him who commands us to sleep without fear?’ ‘Christ will not be wanting to the work of justice and truth. He lives, he reigns; what fear, then, can we have?’

God did listen to the cries of his servants. He gave to princes and ministers grace and courage to maintain the truth against the rulers of the darkness of this world. Saith the Lord, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner-stone, elect, precious, and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.’ The Protestant Reformers had built on Christ, and the gates of hell could not prevail against them.”

Let us continue to pray tonight via Zoom at 8pm US Eastern Daylight Saving Time. It has been 3 straight days that we have freeze warning here. Anytime this week or the next my wife will deliver our third child. Thank you so much for including us in your prayers. This ministry will not exist without God’s blessings through your support and help. Again our deep gratitude and glad appreciation.

Sincerely in the Blessed Hope.

Published by marklastimoso

Follower of Jesus-the Son of the Living God!

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