Message from the publisher:

The Work Of Prayer
 
By Rich Carmicheal

    "For we are Godís workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Eph. 2:10).

    Throughout our lives, in ways we may be aware of and in ways we may not be aware of, the Lord has been working to prepare us to do good works. This process started as Jesus "gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good" (Titus 2:14). Our journey with the Lord has not always been easy, as He, like a gardener, has pruned our lives so that we might be more fruitful (John 15:1-2). He has allowed us to go through periods of testing and refining so that we might be "made holy, useful to the Master and prepared for any good work" (2 Tim. 2:21).

    The work the Lord has prepared us for is ultimately not our work, but it is "the work of the Lord" (1 Cor. 15:58), work "which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Eph. 2:10). Jesus likewise taught that His work was not His own, but "Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, who is doing His work" (John 14:10). He acknowledged that "...the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can only do what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all He does" (John 5:19-20).

    In this latter passage, Jesus reveals that the key to doing the work of God is to do whatever we see our Father doing. In other words, we do not need to initiate our own good work, but discover what our Father is doing and then join Him in it. Or, stated another way, we need to allow our Father to do His work through us. Just as Jesus stated that "the Father loves the Son and shows Him all He does," we can be confident that our Heavenly Father is eager to share with us the things that are on His heart for us to do.

    Jesus teaches us that we can expect the Father and Son to do great works through us as we draw near to them in prayer: "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it" (John 14:12-14). When we pray in the name of Christ, in harmony with His Person and His purposes, we can fully expect Him to do great things to the glory of the Father in response to our prayers. We need to understand and walk more fully in the truth that prayer is vital to the work of God. As Oswald Chambers shared in My Utmost For His Highest, "Prayer does not equip us for greater works Ė prayer is the greater work."

    As the return of Christ draws ever nearer, and the need for repentance, salvation and revival grows ever greater, there can be no doubt that the Lord is eager for us to give ourselves fully to the work of prayer so that we might bear much fruit to His glory. As we become more faithful and earnest in prayer, we can be certain that our Lord will be faithful to work through those prayers. "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chron. 7:14).

Special Calls to Prayer

    The growing number of special calls to prayer seem to be clear indications that the Lord is stirring His people across the world to prayer so that He might pour out salvation and revival. For example, as I write this article, many believers are involved in the prayer focus "Seek God for the City," and on May 3 many believers in the U.S. will participate in Americaís National Day of Prayer. A special 10-day season of prayer will begin on May 17 leading up to a Global Day of Prayer on May 27, during which millions of Christians around the world will unite in repentance and prayer, asking the Lord for forgiveness of sins, for transformation in churches and communities, and for the healing of the nations.

    Along with such special seasons of united prayer, the Lord is calling each of us to be more faithful in church prayer meetings and in our private prayer lives. It is in these corporate and individual times that the Lord will do His greatest work in us and through us. Even as prayer was central to the vitality and impact of the early church (see Acts 1:14; 2:42; 4:23-31; 6:4; etc.), so is prayer key today. Through our prayers the Lord will impact individuals, families, churches, communities and nations. This is the time to fully embrace the Lordís admonition to "Devote yourselves to prayer..." (Col. 4:2).

Please Pray for Herald of His Coming

    We hope that in your times of united prayer and private prayer that you will also pray earnestly for Herald of His Coming. Please pray for the spiritual anointing and financial provision necessary for this ministry to continue to freely distribute salvation and revival literature to many countries. Even now we are delaying the shipment of several thousand Heralds because of insufficient funds. Please pray also for a good response to the needs of the Herald International editions described on pages 10-11 in this issue.

    What a special privilege it is for Herald of His Coming and the International editions to share the Lordís message in this critical hour as He seeks to stir repentance and revival before the return of Christ! We rejoice to be joined together with you in this ministry, and we greatly appreciate and value your prayer support and encouragement. We hope to hear from you soon!

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