Facilitating Your Spiritual Breakout Part 2: Prayer
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. – Jeremiah 33:3.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21.
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. – 1 John 15:14-15.
Dawson Trotman was the founder of the Navigators, which has had a worldwide ministry beginning during the Second World War. Before Dawson was the founder and leader of the Navigators he was a truck driver. His spiritual break out was facilitated by memorizing 1,000 verses of Scripture during a three year period and through an intense period of prayer. Dawson felt called to pray for the nations of the world and to do this he and a friend; Walt Stanton would meet and pray at 5:00 A.M. over a map of the world before going to work. They placed their fingers on most of the countries on the map asking God to raise up men from each of these countries to make Christ known (“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest (Matthew 9:37-38).’”
Dawson and his friend continued in prayer over the nations of the earth for 42 days until the burden of prayer for the nations in this intense way was lifted. Little did Dawson and his friend know that their prayers would help pave the way for the Navigators to establish ministries in all of those countries that they prayed over. Through this time of prayer, God revealed promises to Dawson from Scripture. One of those promises was “And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in (Isaiah 58:12).”
Through a period of intense prayer, Dawson Trotman experienced a “spiritual breakout.” God can do the same in your life. Set aside a time to pray about what God has placed on your heart. Call to Him so that He may, “answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Call to Him so that He may, “do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”