Fruit Of Praying For Your Family
Grace and peace in Jesus Christ. Thank you for the Herald of His Coming. It has been a great blessing in my Christian walk. In the May 2010 issue, you have several articles on prayer, especially by Andrew Murray. I was greatly blessed by Andrew Murray’s book, Life of Prayer, as a teenager.
I come from a Hindu home. Although I got saved at 13, I was only able to go to Sunday school and Christian fellowship at school. I was not allowed to go to church. I was very hungry for God’s Word and took Bible correspondence courses to study more of the Word. I wanted to serve God besides the school Christian fellowship where I was the librarian. I read Andrew Murray’s book and it opened the door for me to be an intercessor. I saw I could serve God within the four walls of my room.
In high school, the Christian students were zealous for the Lord and we met at recess time for prayer. We were using a classroom but the prayer meeting grew and eventually we got permission from the principal who was a Christian to use the auditorium. Revival broke out in school and many were added to the kingdom. Many answered the call of God in their lives.
I was the prayer secretary at college and continued in the ministry of prayer. Many of my family members have not only come to the Lord but are also serving Him. My brother in Sydney, Australia, has a Bible study in his home. He has about 15 attending and they are hungry for the Word and spend sometimes as much as three hours searching God’s Word. My sister and her husband are pastoring a church in Malaysia. They did two years of missionary work in Vietnam. My sister is evangelizing the Muslim women in Malaysia which is a risky task. She also goes on short missionary trips to India. My brother also encourages me by saying all this is because of my praying as a teenager.
I am sharing this to encourage parents who are praying for their children’s salvation. God heard the prayers of an eldest sister for her siblings and saved them and called them into His ministry. Prayer is a weapon against the enemy.
"And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints" (Rev. 5:8).
"And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake" (Rev. 8:3-5).
The angel offered the incense with the prayers of the saints upon the altar. The smoke of the incense with the prayers of the saints ascended up before God. The angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar and cast it into the earth. What happened? Voices, thunderings, lightnings and earthquakes. All these things happened because of the prayers of the saints.
Prayers of the saints are powerful things that shake the very foundation of earth and heaven.