One of the things I had hoped to do at the end of last year was post an article on the best books I had read in 2015. Somehow that post never materialised. It never got further than a few thoughts in my head. If I had written it, one book would certainly have made the top three, if not the number one spot. It was a biography of David Wilkerson, by his son Gary, The Cross, The Switchblade and The Man Who Believed.
David Wilkerson was a spiritual giant. Preacher, leader, pioneer. We’ll remember him as all those things. However, I have a feeling that Wilkerson saw himself as first and foremost a man of prayer.
When he was a boy, his dad use to say to him words that shaped his ministry: “God always makes a way for a praying man.” He never forgot those words. And they stood him in good stead throughout his life and ministry.
When you read through the Bible, you will search in vain for anyone who accomplished anything of any significance who was not a man or woman of prayer.
When the disciples wanted special instruction from Jesus, they did not ask Jesus to teach them to preach or lead worship. They said “Teach us to pray” (Luke 11.1). Jesus “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5.16).
Out of David Wilkerson’s praying came Teen Challenge. Out of his praying came prophetic insights that were forty years ahead of their time.
Who knows what God will do as we seek His face in prayer and fasting? Jesus instructed us to pray and fast without drawing attention to ourselves. And He also promised that His Father would reward those who “did the business” of prayer and fasting in secret (Matthew 6.6, 18). Perhaps it was His way of saying “God makes a way for praying men and women.”