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“Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” Acts 12:5, NKJV

Constant prayer. The word means to be eager or act in earnest. It is prayer that is so intense that it will not be stopped until the answer is received.

Charles H. Spurgeon said, ”I desire that some of you would pray more vehemently. ‘The Kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force.’ (Matthew 11:12) An old Puritan said ‘Prayer is a cannon set at the gate of heaven to burst open its gates.’ You must take the city by storm if you would have it. You will not ride to heaven on a featherbed; you must go on a pilgrimage. There is no going to the land of glory while you are sound asleep; dreamy sluggards will wake up in hell. If God has made you feel in your soul the need of salvation, cry like one who is awake and alive. Be in earnest; cry aloud; spare not. Then I think you’ll find that if He hears such a cry as the raven’s, it is much more certain that He will hear yours.”

Are we storming the gates of heaven with our prayers? Statistics say that the least attended service is the prayer meeting. The least activity that the Christian is involved in is prayer. A church that lacks prayers lacks power and is anemic.

A group of pastors from the United States visited London in hopes to see the Metropolitan Tabernacle and the Prince of Preachers himself, Charles H. Spurgeon. They were met by a portly man in overalls whom they assumed was the janitor. He asked if they wanted to see the church’s power plant. Intrigued, they said they would and were led to the basement, expecting to see the boiler room. There they found hundreds men on their faces praying. “This, gentlemen, is the power of the church.” The next day, during service, they saw the man whom they met the previous day, but now, he was in a suit and stepped behind the pulpit. It was Spurgeon himself. A church is only as good as those who are willing to pray for it. A good pastor can make a good congregation, but a praying congregation can make a great pastor. Pray, pray, pray! It is how anything gets done.

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