If you’re not familiar with church history you wouldn’t know that. Finney’s revivals and exploits in the Lord have been lauded, and its principles studied by serious Bible students. But what many don’t know is that Finney laid down his evangelistic ministry when his prayer partner, one, father Daniel Nash, died. He realized that Nash’s prayer partnership in the ministry was the key to his success. Oh, for such a high esteem for real prayer to be restored in the Church and its ministers today!
Charles Finney knew the power of praying with the help of the Holy Spirit. He had a great degree of utterance and the manifestation of the Lord in his revivals, and he knew where that supply originated. Although he himself was a man of deep prayer, he knew he also needed others like Nash to help give birth to the conversion of lost souls and the workings of the Holy Spirit in his revivals.
Who understands that today beyond just theory? Who has the experiential knowledge of it? Who really understands that soulish babble and the wisdom of man cannot capture the heart of any human being? There is a glaring absence of the power to convict and save in our meetings today.
A CONTRAST OF CHURCHES
Churches that have a high esteem for prayer, and pastors who value praying saints, and make a place for them in their churches, receive the highest return from prayer. Those who neglect it will struggle in the arm of flesh and build churches according to the strength of man. We’ve ministered in praying churches and recognize the difference immediately. The degree of liberty, utterance, power, and revelation is much higher in praying churches. There is a wide open door in the Spirit that greatly aids the ministry of the Word and the Holy Spirit’s gifts in these assemblies. The grace to open that door, and easily walk through it, is wrought by effectual prayer.
When you dishonor prayer and give it a low place, it works against the plans and purposes of God and hinders His power. How does that dishonor manifest? Through a lack of prayer and priority in the leadership. If leadership doesn’t pray and does not set the example in that area, how can they expect the people to pray? The apostles’ devotion to prayer and the Word affected everything in the early Church. Everything. It changed the atmosphere, created a praying church culture, gave impetus for other saints to pray, and set the tone for the power of God to continue to manifest.
Churches who don’t pray are led by leaders who don’t pray.
A certain woman had a dream of the prayer room in a particular church being infested with termites and insects that no one wanted to go in there and pray any more. It lost its appeal. It was no longer attractive to go into that room and pray. Prayer had been neglected to the point of dullness and deadness. Deadness leads to spiritual heaviness and oppression. Spiritual deadness begets more deadness and repels the anointing to pray. On the other hand, life begets more life.
Here’s an interesting verse:
“Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, and cause it to give off a foul odor” (Ec. 10:1). The anointing of the Holy Spirit is like a sweet smelling perfume that is spoiled by deadness and formality, and man’s wisdom and traditions. Repentance for prayerlessness is the only thing that can break that curse, and turn the deadness into life, as people begin to pray.
Praying churches stand at the threshold of greater power in this day and hour.
Where can you see a revival that wasn’t started in prayer? Where can you see a move of God that has fruit remaining without anointed praying?
Neglect in prayer results in a lesser effectiveness in the pastor and ministry gifts edifying and equipping the saints. Honor for prayer is not enough, but the ministers and saints must engage in it by the Spirit of God.
In prayer the Spirit of God showed my wife and I the devastation and the lack of confidence and power that came to Charles Finney when father Nash went home to be with the Lord. My wife had a revelation and saw him with his head bowed over, for he understood the power of prayer that Nash supplied (when she saw this, her heart broke and she began weeping).
Recently I read Finney’s explanation of intercession with groanings and travail, and how it is compared to a mother whose child is sick and always on her heart. One has to think about lost souls that way to cultivate that kind of intercession and travail. Who has that kind of understanding today and is teaching it and demonstrating it?
You see, Finney was a bonafide Ephesians 4:11 ministry gift who was greatly ignited by the prayers of father Daniel Nash. There is a great correlation between pray-ers and ministry gifts. This is a spiritual understanding that few have, and one we will deal with in our next blog.
If certain elements of prayer and intercession and the move of the Holy Spirit are not passed on to the next generation they will be lost. For more on this subject, please refer to our book, Passing On The Move Of God To The Next Generation, and The Real Spirit Of Revival. Also, check out our Face to Face – School Of The Spirit weekly video sessions on our YouTube channel. Consider subscribing so you can be alerted on these sessions as they are posted. And lastly, don’t forget to register here for our upcoming Holy Ghost Forum in Salem, NH. Some of these forums are archived on our YouTube channel.
We’d like to also remind you of our upcoming new book release, The Real Jesus, where we highlight the differences between the Americanized version of Jesus vs. the Biblical Jesus. This is the fourth book in the Real series (The Real Salvation, The Real Gospel, and The Real Spirit Of Revival). Passing on these elements of prayer, revival, and the move of the Spirit is our mandate from the Lord. We hope you will take advantage of these resources as they were created with the body of Christ in mind. Be blessed!