If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7
The patriarchs were men of prayer, and God did great things for them. When Jacob left his father’s house for a strange land, he prayed in humble contrition, and in the night season the Lord answered him through vision…. The Lord comforted the lonely wanderer with precious promises; and protecting angels were represented as stationed on each side of his path….
Joseph prayed, and he was preserved from sin amid influences that were calculated to lead him away from God. When tempted to leave the path of purity and uprightness, he rejected the suggestion with, “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
Moses, who was much in prayer, was known as the meekest man on the face of the earth…. While he was leading the children of Israel through the wilderness, again and again it seemed that they must be exterminated on account of their murmuring and rebellion. But Moses went to the true Source of power; he laid the case before the Lord…. And the Lord said, “I have pardoned according to thy word.” …
Daniel was a man of prayer, and God gave him wisdom and firmness to resist every influence that conspired to draw him into the snare of intemperance. Even in his youth he was a moral giant in the strength of the Mighty One….
In the prison at Philippi, while suffering from the cruel stripes they had received, their feet fast in the stocks, Paul and Silas prayed and sang praise to God; and angels were sent from heaven to deliver them. The earth shook under the tread of these heavenly messengers, and the prison doors flew open, setting the prisoners free.
Prayer takes hold upon Omnipotence, and gains us the victory.