Not the Least Thing

You may say that it is the least thing I can do to help you press on in this good work. I want to say that it is the most important thing you can do that will make the biggest difference for the kingdom of God. Nothing happens of significance outside of effectual faithful persistent prayer. All we endeavor to do is vain unless it is the result of prayer and, yea, perhaps nothing in God's Kingdom can be done at all outside of fervent prayer springing from the soul after God’s own heart.

We must never place prayer at the bottom of our spiritual experience because there is not holy experience outside of a humble and contrite prayer. It is vital. It is only. It is one. Nothing of lasting value can be without it. No battles were ever fought in God's kingdom and won without the lifting up of holy hands. No souls were ever snatched out of the fire outside of passionate prayer. No ministry ever ministered more effective and continual without intercessory prayer. No Daniel's story would ever be told without there having been prayer. No Muller orphanages, no Nathaniel orphanage, no Moravian Missions, no All-Nations Bible Translation could ever exist outside of fervent prayer to the Holy One. No revivals. No great awakenings. No Pentecost. No reformations. No witnessing. No prison ministry. No martyrdom. No outreach. No China Inland Mission. No Amy Carmichael. No Jim Elliot. Nothing. Nothing ever happens of significance outside of prayer.

Prayer is the waterwheel, the engine, the magnet, the fire, the soul, the access to power behind every victory. Jesus himself said, "Without Me you can do nothing." Period. Nothing. Prayer connects the soul with the Source of Life and Power and allows for the Source of Life and Power to flow in and fill up the soul and overflow to influence the world for eternity. Prayer is not the least you or I can do. It is the most important thing you and I can do. All the rest is what He does! Hallelujah!

Harold Troyer
ABT Board Member

  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, snd shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10