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Driven by Prayer (1 of 2)
June 20, 1999
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
For some time now . . . God’s been dealing with
me in my quiet times about our church. And it’s from
those sessions with the Lord that I want to talk to you
I believe that First Baptist Church is at the
crossroads . . .. A millennium crossroad! We cannot
enter this new millennium as we’re concluding this
present millennium. We’re coasting rather than
crusading! We’re comfortable rather than
convicted! We’re playing rather than praying. And I
am convinced that God has so much in store for First
Baptist Church than what we’re experiencing!
Now some churches are driven by special
programs! Whereas other churches are driven by
suave personalities! Other churches are driven by
stimulating pep! But the churches that experience
the unleashing of God’s power are the churches
driven by steady prayer!
Not programs . . . though programs are
important. Not personalities . . . though God works
through anointed leaders. Not pep . . . though
enthusiasm is need. But prayer!! The kind of prayer
that convicts the heart! The kind of prayer that
cleanses the soul! The kind of prayer that cures the
body! The kind of prayer we read about in the Word
For instance . . .. the Prophet Elijah when he
prayed, 'Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people
may know that You are the Lord God, and that You
have turned their hearts back to You again. Then
the fire of the Lord fell . . .” (1 Kings 19.37-38a).
And how I hunger for the fire of the Lord to fall upon
When it was physically impossible for Hannah
to have a child .. she prayed, “Lord, if you’ll give me
a child I will give him to you all the days of his life”
and nine months later Samuel was born! How I
hunger to see God work miracles in the lives of those
When King Hezekiah was on his death bed
. . .Isaiah ca ...
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