Daniel was a man of prayer, he was thrown into the lion’s den because he would not stop praying. We see a glimpse into the warfare of prayer when Daniel prayed and his answer was delayed because the angel bringing the answer was delayed by the prince of the Persian kingdom for twenty-one days and had to call Michael to come help him.
Jesus told the disciples to wait for the promise in Jerusalem. What did they do while they waited? They selected a new disciple and prayed until the day of Pentecost was fully come.
I like to read books from guys who lived in the seventeen to mid nineteen hundreds. One thing I see over and over with these men is they learned how to “pray through”. Pray through is a term used by the old timers. To give you an example of what it means and looks like to pray through, Smith Wigglesworth, Charles Parham, and John G. Lake all continually sought the Baptism of the Spirit for months before they were fully filled. John Wesley sought the evidence of faith in his heart for years before he received the witness of the Spirit at Aldersgate.
In the twenty-first century Church it seems we have lost the ability to “pray through” or as the old timers used to say, “grab hold of the horns of the altar” and not let go till the answer comes. It seems we now serve a God who always answers immediately and if He doesn’t it is simply not His will. Even worse, say we pray for healing and don’t automatically get it we throw faith in God out the window and put our hope fully in doctors.
I am not against doctors but when we’re willing to give a doctors treatment six months and only give God six minutes I think we have a faith problem. Let’s think about how long we’re willing to give something else versus how long we’re willing to give God. We’ve lost the art of praying through.
I want to share a portion of John G. Lake’s sermon, Not Try but Trust, “Beloved, it’s not our long prayers but our believing God that gets the answer. However, I want to help somebody who finds persistent prayer necessary, as we all do sometimes. We have not the least idea of the powers of darkness against which we are praying. Paul says: “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Eph. 6:12. And sometimes you have to lay hold of God, and stay before God and stay through the blackness and through the darkness, and through the night of it, until the faith of God penetrates, and the work is done… Beloved have faith in God to stay and pray until the Spirit has a chance to work out the problem. That is the issue. Keep right down to it. Do not let go. It is the Will of God; you have a right to the answer.”*
I am convinced many of us don’t receive answers because we are not persistent in our believing God. I believe many times we are right at our breakthrough when the enemy hits us the heaviest and we choose to give up.
When John G. Lake trained his Divine Healing Technicians he gave them an assignment at the end of training. He gave them the name and address of a terminally ill person and said go heal them, stay as long as it takes, if they don’t get healed, don’t come back.
We would say that’s harsh, we would pull the bad theology card and say it wasn’t God’s will or maybe it wasn’t his timing. We cannot afford to make excuses for not being willing to continue to pray. This isn’t just about healing but everything.
Look at how many of our heroes of faith had to pray through for months in order to receive the baptism of the Spirit.
many of us want to see awakening in America. Prophets are prophesying grand words. The truth is none of that matters if we don’t repent, humble, and pray. Not pray once but pray through till breakthrough.
It’s time to return to the lost art of praying through.
*The John G. Lake Sermons on Dominion over Demons, Disease, and Death. Edited by Gordon Lindsey, Published by Christ for the Nations Institute, 1949.