Every man and every woman that God has used to halt the devastating process of sin in this world has been a Christian of prayer. Martin Luther got up from his bed and prayed all night, and when the break of day came, he called his wife and said to her, “It has come.” History records that on that very day King Charles granted religious toleration, the exact thing for which Luther had earnestly prayed.
John Knox, whom his queen feared more than any other man, was in such agony of prayer that he ran out into the street and fell on his face and cried, “O God, give me Scotland, or I’ll die.” And God gave him Scotland and not only that, he threw England in for good measure.
Jonathan Edwards prayed for days as he was about to preach his greatest sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” As he stood before the congregation, and preached it, men held on to the seats in terror. Some fell to the floor and cried out in fear of God, “Mr. Edwards, tell us how we can be saved!”
The critical period of American history was between 1784 and 1789. There was no standard coinage, no common defense. When the colonies sent men to a constitutional convention, Benjamin Franklin, a man in his forties, asked that the convention open with prayer, and George Washington sealed the bargain with God. That winter in Valley Forge, Washington led his men in prayer. He got down on his knees to do it.
When the battle of Gettysburg started, Abraham Lincoln, was on his knees with God; yes, he was on his knees from five o’clock in the afternoon till four o’clock in the morning, and Bishop Simpson was with him. (from Billy Sunday)
Never underestimate the power of prayer! Your prayers can truly change the course of history.
“And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13).
“Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1)