Do you want to make a difference for Eternity?
One day the books of Heaven’s history will be finished and a countless multitude will stand before an eternal throne ablaze with holy fire. When we receive from our Maker the rewards due us for our deeds on earth, what will you want your life to have looked like?
Not all champions make an eternal difference we can visibly see on earth. When we enter eternity we will see that some of the great heroes of history are people we never heard of. However God has allowed the works of some to be visible for all to see. Many biographies have been written about great Christian leaders throughout the centuries: St. Patrick, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Francis Crosby, Amy Carmichael, Charles Finney, David Brainard, Smith Wigglesworth, William and Catherine Booth, Billy Graham, etc.
Now these people who changed the world for Jesus had a lot of differences. Some were educated, some uneducated. Some came from riches, some from poverty. Some were Calvinists, others were Arminians. They had various ideas about how to engage with popular culture. There were vast personality differences. Some were introverts, some extroverts; some funny, some serious. There is, however, one common trait with all of them: they all prayed.
Prayer was the oxygen of their lives. They breathed the air of Heaven in their private place of prayer and brought down the Kingdom of God in power as they lived their lives publically in the world. They grabbed a hold of Heaven’s limitless resources from a limitless God through a limitless atonement by limitless grace and brought spiritual napalm upon the kingdom of Hell. The reason these people (and millions of other unknown world changers) gave themselves so thoroughly to prayer was because they were following the example of the ultimate prayer warrior: Jesus.
Jesus was constantly praying. He broke away from the crowds and spent time in private prayer. Because he prayed privately, when he prayed publically his prayers were then full of power. Though Jesus did many miracles, his disciples didn’t ask Him to teach them how to do those. Rather they asked, “Master, teach us to pray.” It was his prayer life that made the biggest impression on those closest to Him.
Clever theologizing will do little to save this broken and wicked generation. I know many smart theologians, but where are men and women of faith? Jesus said that if we pray with even mustard grain sized faith, its atomic power will be enough to move an Everest of oppression. So why don’t we follow our Master’s example more closely? Is it because we lack the Fear of God which Jesus so delighted in? (Isaiah 11.3) Are we so spiritually sick that we find God boring? Do we need lots of art and games to make prayer “exciting” because God’s presence isn’t fascinating enough?
Here’s a hint: Jesus didn’t pray because he loved prayer. As world changing followers of Jesus, we don’t pray because we love prayer. We pray because we love God. Jesus prayed because He found His Heavenly Father joyfully captivating. He had the firm conviction that God was His great reward and that He alone can redeem our world. It is from this relentless commitment to being with God that God’s power flowed in limitless ways through His life and ministry. If Jesus needed to stick that close to God to fulfil His ministry, do we think we can fulfil our ministry with our meagre times of prayer? To be much for God, we must be much with God.
So... DO you want to make a difference for Eternity?