“Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and His Maker, “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons, and concerning the work of My hands you command Me.” Isaiah 45:11.
The Church, when it is again a Praying Church, will boldly claim of God that He stretch forth His hand as the only way to give boldness in preaching His word. When it is God’s “work” we are doing it is our right and privilege not only to ask, but also to “command” Him. Faith not only offers a request, but issues a fiat: and says it shall be so. Prayer, says Coleridge, is:
“An affirmation and an act,
That bids eternal truth be fact!”
The promise makes prayer bold, for God’s word cannot fail. Fulfillment is as certain as past events are fixed, and tomorrow becomes today to such faith.
- A. T. Pierson
Timidity, lack of desire, and smallness of request, far too frequently characterize our prayers. We do not realize that it is our privilege to come to God with boldness, and ask great things from Him.