Dr. F.B. Meyer was on his last visit to America. A large audience had assembled in a New York City church to hear him speak. Dr. Meyer’s health was failing and he had to be helped to the platform by two men. He was so weak and wobbly that he was seated in an elevated chair from which he was to preach.
As the faithful servant of God began to preach, however, the audience witnessed a miracle of God’s power. Dr. Meyer stood to his feet and preached with the vigor of youth for more than an hour. God had enabled him for that occasion. Here was living proof of Isaiah 40:29-31: “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
All ministers could be empowered in their pulpits through the prayers of their congregations. Though weak and wobbly in their own strength, they would become channels of blessing if their people would be faithful in prayer. Nothing is more tragic than church and pastor attempting to do God’s work in human strength.
In the early church, they prayed and the place was shaken. Many places need shaking today. We are in need of an earth-shaking revival that can only come through prayer. It’s time to pray!