One of my supporters is quite old now.
She has been a prayer partner with my mom for years. She was there in Long Beach with Dawson Trotman at the
founding of the Navigators after WWII.
When I asked her what one truth about prayer she’d like to pass on to
me, she said, “The secret of praying through an issue.”
“What is that?” I asked.
“That means praying about an issue until God gives you peace in your spirit
that it is accomplished.”
Turns out, this is a discipline that former generations understood better
than we do.
Missionary to China,
J. O. Fraser practiced this powerful reality. He said this:
“We must be prepared for serious warfare, ‘and having done all, to
stand,’ we must fight through, and then stand victorious on the battlefield. Is
not this another secret of many unanswered prayers, that they are not fought
If the result is not seen as soon as expected, Christians are apt to lose
heart, and if it is still longer delayed, to abandon it altogether. You know
the name they give to places in England
when the building (or whatever it is) is abandoned, when only half of it is
completed- So and so’s ‘Folly’. I wonder whether some of our prayers do not
deserve the same stigma.
Luke 14: 28-30 applies to prayers as well as towers. We must count the cost
before praying the prayer of faith. We must be willing to pay the price. We
must mean business. We must set ourselves to ‘see things through’ (Eph. 6:18,
‘In all perseverance’).”
We must particularly learn to
pray through issues of spiritual warfare.
David Smithers writes, “Wrestling with demonic spirits is a daily
reality of spiritual survival. Spiritual
warfare is not learned in our leisure time, but is thrust upon us as we begin
to threaten the kingdom of darkness.”