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Pt. 2 A REVIVAL OF PRAYER NEEDED by Jessie Penn-Lewis


Pt. 2 A REVIVAL OF PRAYER NEEDED by Jessie Penn-Lewis


There are two aspects of prayer mentioned by James in connection with Elijah, to which Christ made reference when He was on earth, i.e. the binding and loosing of things on earth by prayer (Matt. 18 vI8).

Elijah closed the heavens, and he opened the heavens. Speaking of this power of prayer, the Lord Jesus said, “Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”. The context clearly shows this to be the binding and loosing of prayer, for the Lord went on to say, “If two of you agree . . . it shall be done”.

We have come to the point now in service, where as workers for God we must get to a place of knowing God, and knowing this kind of prayer. We have not yet reached the prayer-point that will meet today’s need.

“He prayed that the heavens should not give rain, and it rained not for three years.” Then, simply it is said, “And he prayed again, and THE HEAVENS GAVE RAIN. This is all that James says about such a tremendous thing. He does not say, “What a wonderful Elijah!”

There is no excess of language in the Bible, but sober statements, with no exaggeration, but a calm, majestic omnipotence. When God does vast things, He does them quietly, just as He did in answer to the one who “prayed, and the heavens were opened, and gave forth rain”.

From this brief glimpse of Elijah, let us look at another picture of this work of prayer, or rather, the prayer that “works”. Let us glance at Moses, and his “binding and loosing” work in Exodus 16.

Israel was in desperate need of water, and in that need they began to reproach Moses, saying, “Moses brought us out of Egypt, now let him give us water”. Moses just went to God. “He cried to the Lord” for the needs of the people, and then the Lord told him what to do.

He was to go to a certain rock, and then “I will stand before thee there. . . thou shalt smite the rock and there shall come water out of it” (v 6). Moses did it, and there was water. In this aspect of prayer to meet the people’s need, note especially Moses’ cry, and God’s response.

Pt. 1 A REVIVAL OF PRAYER NEEDED by Jessie Penn-Lewis


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The House of Prayer

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The House of Prayer

“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (v. 7).
– Isaiah 56:6–8

As Christians consider what the Bible has to say about worship, it is crucial that we consider what all of Scripture says about how we are to come before God when we offer up our sacrifices of praise.

This means that we must look at the Old Testament no less than we consider what the New Testament teaches. In so doing, we have to keep in mind that not everything done in worship under the old covenant carries over into the new covenant.

For example, we do not offer up animal sacrifices anymore because Hebrews 9–10 tells us that Jesus is the final sacrifice for sin.

Nevertheless, there are principles we can discern from the Old Testament Scriptures that can guide our worship practices.

The House of Prayer article continued here.




by Jessie Penn-Lewis

“The prayers of the saints . . fire . . cast into the earth”(Rev.8v3-5)

“Ye have not, because ye ask not . .”( James 4 v2)

If there were a revival of prayer among the children of God, there would soon be a “revival” of blessing in the world outside the Church. We understand very little about intelligent prayer.

It is opening out to many as a very definite work, as much as a “work”of preaching. Turn then to James 5 v16 RV, “The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working”.

There is a work accomplished by prayer, but it must be the “supplication of a righteous man!” Not only righteous by imputed righteousness, but righteous in his attitude to sin, and in the personal life.

This is an absolute condition for the prayer that works! The one who prays must live in personal victory. The first question therefore is: if you want to understand and to know prevailing prayer, are you living in personal victory? Do you want to live in personal victory? Are you determined to live in personal victory? There are many who talk about victory who are not willing to fulfil the conditions of victory.


Now observe how prayer worked in the example mentioned by James. The Apostle refers to Elijah and says: “Elijah was a man of like nature with us”, and then proceeds to show the effects of his prayer.

As much as to say, what is possible to Elijah is possible to you. “He prayed fervently that it might not rain; and it rained not.” This man had power to close the heavens, yet he was a man of ‘like nature with us’. The working of his prayer was such, that when he prayed that the heavens should not give rain, there was no rain.

To be able to pray so that the heavens close over a whole country is “work” indeed; we have not understood the possibilities of this work of prayer. Prayer to many is something to be done when there is a bit of free time, and even then but rarely. But prayer is a definite work, greater and vaster in its issues, and greater than any other service to be done on the earth, if the soul understood how to pray.

Elijah – a man of like nature with us – could thus pray, and accomplish such work by his prayer, that he could touch a whole country.

What we need is our minds open to the possibilities of such prayer, and to set ourselves to know God, so that we could pray like Elijah. Here is a tremendous possibility to any believer willing to learn.

If you could learn to know God, so as to know the mind of God when God wanted such and such a thing done, you could pray like Elijah. Elijah both knew God, and he knew the will of God so as to pray the prayer that worked for Israel. You, too, could touch the whole country, yea, the whole world in the same way, if you knew God’s will; for prayer according to the will of God “availeth much in its working”.

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FREE Book | Praying Effectively for the Lost

Effective Prayer

Praying Effectively for the Lost
by Lee E. Thomas

Chapter Titles:
1. Understanding the Necessity
2. The Biblical Basis
3. The Personal Factors
4. The Specific Requests                        
5. The Spiritual Warfare                       
6. Personal Testimonies                        
7. Making a Commitment