“When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!” Amen.
Will there be any regrets in heaven?
It has been said that one of the greatest disappointments we’ll have once we get to heaven is how little we used the power of prayer!
Yes, the Bible tell us that God will take away our sorrows and wipe away our tears—but is it possible that before all sorrow is erased we will see clearly like never before the many ways we could have conquered and triumphed if we had fully appropriated all the resources God made available to us?
The history of missions, revival, and every great exploit in the kingdom is the history of the answered prayers of God’s people.
Behind the spiritual success of every John and Charles Wesley was a praying mother; behind the anointed revival preaching of every Charles Finney was a Father Nash.
One author writes, “Most remember the Wesley brothers’ triumph and splendor, but overlook the value of a mother’s prayers. . . Mark it clearly: behind the saving grace for every soul was someone praying.”
Again we find that before Finney came to preach at his famous revivals, “One man, known as Father Nash, would precede him three to four weeks in advance . . . No great crowds waited to welcome him. . . Father Nash would quietly find a place of prayer. He had no home, no church support, and often missed the taste of home-cooked meals. Nights were spent without a bed, and clothes became frayed. What did Nash receive for this? Little in this life, perhaps, but much in the life to come . . . Few realize how many souls found Christ because of Father Nash. Time, no doubt, will show that behind every soul won for Christ was intercessory prayer.”
In conclusion, the author simply stated:
“When we walk with God in eternity, we will quickly learn everything of worth that was accomplished was connected to an intercessor’s prayers.”
One way to restate this truth would be as follows:
When we walk with God in eternity we will clearly see that every verse translated and church planted was directly connected to an intercessor’s prayers.
Lord, teach us to pray!
-Joel Martin, General Director
Quotations from Dick Eastman, No Easy Road: Inspirational Thoughts on Prayer