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How To Have A Good Prayer Meeting by D.L. Moody

Here is a link to a good article (that is short as well) by D.L. Moody on how to have a good prayer meeting.

You can find the article here.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/06/2012 at 6:04 PM

How Money Robs Prophets from Prophesying

In the city where I live there are literarily hundreds of churches.  In fact, we have been living here now for over one year and since that time we have seen several new churches come up.  All of them but one are new churches that aim to be “relevant and real” our culture.  They all promise to offer the world something to entice them to come such as “a kicking band” or “Bible messages that you can apply to your daily life” or “fun for the whole family”.  One of them is a Baptist church that built a new building, moved to a new location, and changed their name (well dropped the Baptist off their name).

And yet, sadly, this sums up most of the churches here in the United States.  We have thousands of churches here in the United States.  How many churches must there be in the Western world?  How many churches are there in the Pacific islands?  We have thousands upon thousands.  And yet where are the prophets of God?  Where are the John Wesley’s?  Where are the Leonard Ravenhill’s?  Where are the D.L. Moody’s?  Where are the Alexander Campbell’s?  Where are the A.W. Tozer’s?  Where are the Frank Bartlemen’s?

I believe that part of the problem with the loss of prophets is money.  Too many churches now require lots of money to survive.  Take that Baptist church I mentioned above.  They are millions of dollars in debt over their new building.  They recently sold their old building to try to compensate some of their loss.  Do you think that the prophet would be welcomed in such a church?  He would scare off the nominals quickly.  He would call the church to repent.  He would convict them through his exalting of God and His Word.  He would call them to prayer and fasting.  How many would remain?  Remember the words of Jesus in John 6:67, “Do you also want to go away?”  This would be the cry of the prophet.  Those who are true disciples of Jesus would cry Peter’s words in John 6:68, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.”  

The vast amount of pastors can’t do this.  They are preaching for money.  Oh they don’t compromise by teaching sin but they just avoid preaching on sin.  They preach hollow messages that lack the conviction of the Spirit.  They do “series” preaching that never deals with the rotting flesh.  They never exalt the holiness of God.  They never pray with passion and weep before the people of God as they call them to repentance and faith.  Where are these pastors?  Where are those who would fast for souls?  Where the pastors who would preach without fear of a board kicking them out of their job?  Where are the pastors who labor in prayer hours upon hours and go before the disciples of Christ and proclaim what the Spirit has shown them in His inerrant Word?  Where are the pastors who stand up and say, “Follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1) and truly mean it.

Tomorrow the churches in our area will be filled.  Yet where is the holy presence of Christ?  Where are the weepers?  Where are those who will mourn for the lost?  Where are the prophets of God who will declare that Jesus alone is worthy of praise?  Where are the prophets who will say, “Enough of this clattering called praise and worship and let us be a people of holiness in all that we say and do”?  Oh how we need prophets again in the Church!  Oh how I long for men of God to rise up and preach the Word of God without fear, without compromise, without remorse.  I long to see the Church on her face in holy prayer as she seeks her King.  I long to see sin being beat over and over again through the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17).

Oh God visit Your Church!

Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/17/2011 at 3:16 PM

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