by Jesse Hendley

Intercessory Prayer
Jesse M. Hendley
Genesis 18 & 19

In studying Prayer, we found out that the Lord said, "When ye pray, enter into your closet and close the door and pray to your Father in secret, and your Father which seeth in secret shall reward you."

One of the great things about Prayer is INTERCESSION, and one of the outstanding passages on Intercession is found in Genesis 18 and 19.

In the Bible we see the word "altar" used again and again. You know, ABEL built an altar to God after the Garden of Eden. We read, "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain." Abel offered the sacrifice of the blood of animals. He had a place where he met God. An altar is a place where a man meets God.

After the Flood, NOAH came out of the ark and the first thing he did, in a world that had been drowned in judgment, was to build an altar unto the Lord. I wonder, if the atomic bombs fell today, and if there should be any survivors, if the first thing the survivors would do would be TO BUILD AN ALTAR UNTO THE LORD GOD. I wonder. You see, all our troubles have come BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE an altar to God! We build altars to men, altars to science, altars to education, altars to everything under the sun, but we haven't any altars, much, TO GOD! Beloved friends, it won't work. You can't run God out of His Universe. He is going to run this thing His way. If we cooperate, blessing. If we do not cooperate, blasting.

We read in Genesis 12, that in the midst of the Canaanites ABRAHAM built an altar unto the Lord Who had appeared unto him. Right in the middle of a people who didn't know God and were living in vilest sin was a man of God who built AN ALTAR unto the Lord. Maybe you think you are in a hard place because there isn't much Christianity around you. There never has been, friend. ALL God's people have had to more or less stand alone.

In Babylonia DANIEL and his three Hebrew friends stood alone, in the midst of a wicked city.Down in Egypt, ...

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