Sometimes God moves sovereignly, giving you neither notice nor explanation. Other times He moves only in answer to prayer. The prayers of Rees Howells, "the Welsh intercessor," were so powerful that they're credited with thwarting the Nazis and influencing certain events in World War II. Thank God for knowledge and ability, but some things only happen when we "give ourselves continually to prayer" (Acts 6:4). The Bible says God would have destroyed Israel "had not Moses...stood before Him in the breach, to turn away His wrath." Behind some of the greatest spiritual awakenings in history was an unseen, unsung force known as "intercessors." Many of the victories we celebrate in the open are first won by such people in the secret place of prayer. It's a specialized ministry, and God could be calling you to it. Even though your limbs may not carry you beyond your own front door, through prayer you can limit Satan's movements and defeat his best-laid plans. Through prayer you can call the forces of heaven into any situation, anywhere, anytime, for any-body. No wonder Satan downplays the power of intercessory prayer and will do whatever it takes to keep us from giving ourselves to it. There's no distance in prayer. God said, "Ask...me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession" (Psalm 2:8). It's time to move beyond our "bless me" prayers and start claiming bigger things for God. When what we declare on earth lines up with what God has decreed in heaven—it will be done! (see Matthew 18:18).
"And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?" (1 Peter 3:13)
Peter does not here assure the believer that he will be free from persecution (in fact: Jesus warned about coming persecution, Paul experienced it, and Peter himself speaks of persecution later in this epistle). Rather, he states that no harm will come to those who are eager to do good. Though their body might be injured, they shall be ultimately blessed.
Week #41 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 25-27
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 16-20
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 119
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 29-30
Thursday: (Prophecy) Micah
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 5-6
Saturday: (Letters) Hebrews 8-10