What room holds the power at church? Is it the room where decisions are made? Is it the office where things get done? Is it the sanctuary where the pulpit stands? No, the room that holds the power is the room where there is prayer for the church! When visitors would come to the nineteenth century pastor, C. H. Spurgeon’s church he would show them the room that has the power, it was the room where Christians would gather faithfully and pray for the church. He called it the “boiler room”
E. M. Bounds so prophetically in his book The Power Through Prayer,
“What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer.”
This morning I was blessed to be able to be part of our Saturday morning prayer meeting. I am beyond thankful the for the men and women who faithfully each week gather at our church and lift up the pastors and the church body. They do it because they see the power in prayer. They do it because they know there is a battle raging on. They know they have the privilege to go before Almighty God who allows us to boldly approach His throne of grace. They do it because there is a war raging on and we cling to Jesus the victorious King! They do it because in Scripture we see we are told to seek of the Lord.
The success of what has taken place in our church, by God’s grace is the sweet prayers from His children who come before him with a humbled heart. I see the power in prayer from these men and women and so many others who faithfully pray and I say thank you! Thank you for praying for me as a shepherd. Thank you for praying for my family. Thank you for praying for God’s protection over me and my family. Thank you for praying for me and fighting temptation. Thank you for encouraging me in your prayers for growth. Thank you for praying for your brothers and sisters in the Lord. Thank you for praying for the needs of the body and caring. Thank you!