Great Prayer Warriors of the Past
By Fredi Trammell
For by Thee I have run through a troop; And by my God leaped over a wall, He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him. Thou hast also given me the shield of Thy salvation: And Thy right hand hath holden me up, And Thy gentleness hath made me great. For Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: Thou hast subdued under me. Those that rose up against me (excerpts from Psalm 18)
To keep spiritual revival vibrant in our hearts, we must continue the fervent, effectual, prayer meetings that initiated the fire of revival in our souls! The soul who seeks God and finds Him real—then supposes God will always be real to him without ongoing prayer fellowship with God, will become depressed, disillusioned and disappointed indeed. Consistency in prayer is the ONLY way to satisfy the hungering, thirsting soul. The most rewarding development in spiritual growth is the prayer closet experiences. People who have overcome and persevered over obstacles meant for their destruction have set aside time for private conversations with God.
Christian historian, Hegesippus, wrote that James, the brother of Jesus, had knees so callused from kneeling in prayer that he was called “camel knees.” He was said to have prayed unceasingly for the pardon of people. He was called “James the Just” and “Oblias” which means “the bulwark”.
Isaac’s prayer closet was a field: “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at eventide: and he lifted up his eyes and saw…” Had Isaac failed in his private time of meditation in the field, he would have missed the rapturous moment of the arrival of his beautiful bride, Rebekah. At the precise moment Isaac saw her, Rebekah “lifted up her eyes and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel…and Isaac brought her into his mother’s tent.”
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