Standing Strong On Bended Knees, Part 2of3, Evans Olang

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Mark 6:30-32, vs. “30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves”

Upon returning, they began to give Jesus and those present account of their accomplishments. Mark 6:30, “Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught”. While ministers are accountable both for what they do and teach; without prayer, the Word would be like LIGHT without HEAT. 1Corinthians 4:20, “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power”. 1Thessalonians 1:5, “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power”.

In the midst of this excitement, they would continue to do what they were doing without putting to practice the means by which they had the power to preach and heal the sick. Jesus always withdrew to a private solitary place to pray. His teachings and miracles were a result of Him slipping away from the crowd. Such was our Lord’s unexampled meekness that He preferred the silent deserts to the applause of multitudes. Vs. 31, “And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” They needed rest in prayer and be in the Word. Isaiah 40:31, says “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; …” This is not “Wait” like someone waiting for a bus, but rather “wait” as in relation to waiters waiting on customers in restaurants. We are called to rest and wait upon the Lord in readiness for His service. “Prayer is my chief work, and it is by means of it that I carry on the rest.” Thomas Hooker, Puritan

A similar revival broke out as Philip preached, (Acts 8:4-8). While busy serving, God takes Philip away from doing His spectacular work to be alone with Him in the desert before sending him on a mission to reach one man. With the pressure for growth, how many leaders would say, “YES Lord” to the desert experience rather than excitement? Philip did, he slipped away to be alone with the Lord. Acts 8:26,”Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert”. “Christ calls for intercession above and before exhilaration”, David Wilkerson.

Christ called His disciples apart, why? if they had anybody with them, they would have something to say and do, for their good; however what they desperately needed was to slip away. Take notice what Mark reports, vs. 31 “…For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat”, Remember Elijah becoming suicidal from death threats by Jezebel?, God brought him to a deserted place and ministered to him. 1King 19:5-7, ” …7 And the angel of the Lord came … touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” 8 So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God”.The word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong.” E. M. Bounds. This was the difference between Mary and Martha, Mary chose to sit at the feet of the Master to be taught, Martha chose to be busy serving. Luke 10:41-42, “41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Anytime the Lord called someone’s name at least twice, He wanted their undivided attention. I am confident that most of our churches are filled with Martha’s who are serving and not waiting on the Lord to be instructed. “God uses prayer to educate His people and to produce holiness of character in them” C.S. Spurgeon. Blessings Ev

*** I had the priviledge of being one of the writers for Pastor Gregg Johnson’s Leadership Teaching Magazine in 2012, for more on prayer articles, please check out www.leadershipteachingmagazine.com

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