Saturday, May 3, 2008

How many great prayers appear in the Bible?

Tonight we're in Durant, Oklahoma getting ready to conduct a Prayer Seminar for the Bokchito Church of Christ here in the area.

Steve and Barbara Summers have showed us some gracious hospitality. They have a heart to see the Lord's church become a house of prayer, which is why we're here and ready to speak to their group tomorrow.

One topic I usually try to work into the program at such seminars is titled "Great Prayers of The Bible". I got the idea, partly, from a well known scholar, Dr. Herbert Lockyer who wrote All The Prayers of The Bible. In the book, he says he counted 650 prayers in the Bible and discovered 450 recorded answers.

I wonder how many of those prayers could be called "great"... great because they were answered, but also because they changed everything at a crucial, historic time.

Here's one earmark I've noticed about great prayers - they're grounded in Scripture.

Notice King Jehoshaphat's prayer for deliverance in 2 Chronicles 20:6-12. It's based on King Solomon's prayer of dedication for the temple in 2 Chronicles 6:14-42.

And look at Daniel's prayer in Daniel 9:1-19. It grew out of Jeremiah's prophecy in Jeremiah 29:10-14. Daniel prayed the prayer of a lifetime because he knew the word of God and hungered to see it come to pass.

Even the persecuted, disenfranchised church in Jerusalem prayed down heavenly power in Acts 4:23-31 because their praying tapped into the power source of Psalm 2:1-2.

Since prayer's a human activity meant to impact the supernatural, it reflects the human-ness of the ones praying. Sometimes our prayers break the surly bonds of earth and soar... sometimes not.

So, it seems some prayers are greater than others. Which prayers in Scripture do you think deserve to be called "great"?


Anonymous said...

Great post Keith. Hope all goes well with you and yours on the trip.

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