Tonight, we are holding our first all night prayer chain of the school year. We started these 13 years ago in an effort to make sure that prayer would always be the foundation of our college ministry. This, of course, was in addition to our weekly corporate prayer meetings and others that began to spring up.
I found myself complaining the other day that we’re no longer the ministry we were. Prayer used to be our hallmark, our first resort, moments our students longed for and rushed to. Now, it’s an annoying burden that we realize should be of higher priority in our schedules…but that’s not necessarily the case in our hearts. My prayer for all of us is that we’d jealously guard our private devotional lives, elevating them above everyone other entry on our calendar. Then if we could bring that same passion into prayer gatherings, what a difference we would see.
We could go through all the reasons and excuses of why prayer so often takes a backseat. But the fact of the matter is, we’re in trouble as a Church and a nation until we learn how to cry out to Him again and bow ourselves low in His Presence. Our programs, facilities, gimmicks, media, and even our feeble sermons won’t bring about what is needed to change hearts and bust open insurmountable obstacles.
“”Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia. This is the message from the one who is holy and true. He is the one who has the key of David. He opens doors, and no one can shut them; he shuts doors, and no one can open them” (Revelation 3:7).
We know these are reliable words, much more so than campaigns with the candidate endorsing his ad. This is being stated by He Who is perfect and divine, Who is 100% genuine, trustworthy, and faithful.
The Scripture says that He “holds the key of David” which speaks of Jesus as David’s blood descendant, awarding to Him authority, power, and sovereignty. The Messiah is the one spoken of who would sit on the throne of David forever.
Yes, King David sat on a throne but it wasn’t nearly as important as the throne that he forged in prayer and worship and bowed before. “Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel” (Psalm 22:3). God said the very reason that David was chosen to be king was because “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do” (Acts 13:22). David’s pursuit was not for riches, power, or glory, but to be in the Presence of the Almighty.
Because of this, he had access to God’s Throne and access to God’s Presence. This came with definite benefits: having access to God’s Blessings, Provision, Protection, and Direction. Prayer and a heart of worship was the KEY: that’s how he got to the throne, something he learned as a shepherd boy and never forgot as a king
When David produced the KEY, God opened the Door! We would do well to learn the same thing for our lives, for there are many closed doors:
- There are closed people
I’ve been praying for almost 30 years for my parents to get saved and follow Christ. So many family members and friends, acquaintances that need miracles but their hearts remain shut. There seems to be no hope…but we must keep presenting the key…praying…and believing for God to kick the door down.
- There are closed places
We think areas of the world are beyond God’s ability to reach. We call them closed nations. This verse contradicts that term, even if we’re referring to the 1040 window. It covers the poorest nations of the world numbering 4 billion people. It’s 87% the world’s poor, 95% of the unevangelized, and it’s the headquarters of every major non-Christian religion: 1.61 billion Muslims, 900 million Hindus, and 500 million Buddhists. It’s also where most Christian persecution is taking place. Then there’s Western Europe where less than .5% follow Christ.We get discouraged when thinking about tyrants like Kim Jong Un of North Korea, Syria’s King Hassad, and President Bashir in the Sudan. How can those places ever experience freedom in Christ? I do remember in my lifetime seeing the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. For 72 years the atheistic Soviet government stood in the way of Christianity flourishing in the region. But in 1989, God decided to open the door. When God says “it’s done,” it’s done. BE OPEN!
- There are closed situations
We all have closed situations: economic instability, emotional problems, health issues, etc. They may be things we’ve wrestled with for years, decades. There are so many people I know with loved ones who are battling cancer, are headed for divorce… Then I think of a man born blind, 10 lepers, and a woman who hemorrhaged for 12 years: in a brief moment when encountering the power of God, all of the sudden the doors were thrust wide open forever.
“How tragic it would be if our destiny were limited to the projections of human logic and the meager possibilities created by our own temporal imagination. What could possibly be worse than the prospect of our every prayer being answered so that God became little more than a name for our personal power source.” ~ Peter Greig, 24-7 Prayer
Prayer is the key that releases God from the boxes of our imaginations and unleashes His Grace, Mercy, and Transforming Power on His Creation. Let’s get busy and get on our knees!