“Their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.”
2 Chronicles 30:27
Prayer is the never-failing resort of the Christian in any situation.
When you cannot use your sword you take up the weapon of prayer. Your powder may be damp, your bow-string may be relaxed, but the weapon of prayer need never be out of order. Leviathan laughs at the javelin, but he trembles at prayer.
Sword and spear need furbishing, but prayer never rust.
Prayer is an open door which none can shut.
Devils may surround you on all sides, but the way upward is always open, and as long as that road is unobstructed, you will not fall into the enemy’s hand.
We can never be taken by blockade, escalade, mine, or storm, so long as the heavenly Host can come down to us by Jacob’s ladder to relieve us in the time of our necessities.
Prayer is not seasonal;
Prayer gains audience with heaven in the dead of night, in the midst of business, in the heat of noonday, in the shades of evening. In every condition, whether of poverty, or sickness, or obscurity, or slander, or doubt, your God will welcome your prayer and answer it from His holy place.
Nor is prayer ever futile.
True prayer is evermore true power. You may not always get what you ask, but you shall always have your true needs supplied. When God does not answer His children according to the letter, He does so according to the spirit. If thou askest for coarse meal, wilt thou be angered because He gives thee the finest flour? If thou seekest bodily health, shouldst thou complain if instead thereof He makes thy sickness turn to the healing of spiritual maladies? Is it not better to have the cross sanctified than removed?
This evening, my soul, forget not to offer thy petition and request, for the Lord is ready to grant thee thy desires.