Praying prayers devotionally with quick 2 minute chats with God, hoping that sometime in the future you might get the answer no,maybe or yes.These are our normal prayers in the busy world of modern life. Yet,for Rees Howells,who bought four estates with only 2 shillings, the key was intercessor prayer. Spending long periods in prayer, 2 weeks or 5 weeks until he had gained the victory and God’s confirmation that the request made in prayer was secure. He prayed for a certain lost soul whom he knew about for a specific time, without letting that person know. After weeks of praying for her to God and finally getting the assurance Rees had prevailed, she suddenly turned up at church. A few weeks later the women broke in a meeting and surrendered her life to God. So do we care enough for lost souls, if so our short prayers should be replaced by longer prayers where we get the victory first.
Close to the Wind
This is a true sailing expression. Sail boats have different characteristics, but all need wind. Some can harvest the wind better than others. If you sail close to the edge of direction that the wind is coming from you may well lose the wind altogether, but you may be able to make better progress than a boat that can't sail as well in such a difficult situation. Thus, if you can 'sail close to the wind' then you can benefit, but you enter a risky area and may lose all. Sailboats use the power of the wind to propel them through the water. There is actual wind and apparent wind. When sailing from point A to point B in the shortest amount of time, one should sail as close to the wind as possible without allowing the wind to the back side of the sail, causing the sail to "luff" or flap in the breeze which deprives the boat of speed and direction.