Prevailing prayer, a more sure word of prophecy
Jesus Christ, Almighty Jehovah God’s only begotten Son, throughout the gospels instructs us to pray. As God’s Holy Word declares: We ask, we receive, we seek, and we find. We knock and the door is opened unto us.
We must first surrender our lives to Christ through conviction from his Holy Spirit. We must accept God’s grace and forgiveness by faith, through his shed blood at Calvary ( Matthew 7:7-12 and Luke 11:9-13).
The Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) will then lead and guide us into all truth. While prevailing in prayer, we can achieve “A more sure word of prophecy;” with The Daystar (Christ) shining.
2 Peter 1:19-21 KJV: “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
Consider the story of Jacob in his prevailing prayer with God Jehovah. Genesis 32:24-32: “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him (The Angel of the Lord), he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
“And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? and he said, Jacob. And he said, thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God, and with men, and hast prevailed.
“And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.
“Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.” As a constant reminder of prevailing prayer, Jacob, now named “Israel,” halted upon his thigh until his earthly death.
Hebrews 11:21: “By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, ‘leaning upon the top of his staff.'” Earlier, in his life, knowing Esau was wanting to kill him for stealing his birthright and blessing, Jacob set out for Haran where he would meet his two future wives, Leah and Rachel.
Israel would eventually, biologically, father over a dozen offspring, which produced 12 patriarchs, and a myriad of human descendants. During this prevailing journey he received a “more sure word of prophecy.” Earlier at Luz, Jacob made stones for pillows and dreamed a heavenly vision with the angels of God ascending and descending upon an earthly ladder: “And the top of it reached to heaven.”
Jehovah identified himself as the God of Abraham and Isaac. He promised he would be with him, and that his seed would be as the dust of the earth spreading north, south, east and west, and that all families of the earth would be blessed. Jacob responded: “Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not.” “How dreadful is this place.”
“This is none other than the house of God, and This is the gate of Heaven.” He renamed it “Beth-el” (Genesis chapter 28). “Seek and ye shall find.” Song of Solomon 3:1-4: “By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him but I found him not.
“I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets and in the broad ways, I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?
“It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother’s house and into the chamber of her that conceived me.”
Ambrose Jessup Tomlinson, once called “The Prevailer,” received the revelation of the Last Days Holy Zion, Church of God (of Prophecy). Lillie Duggar’s book “A. J. Tomlinson” chapter two, pages 34 and 35, gives this narrative:
“It was this church that met on Saturday June 13, 1903, in the same county (‘Cherokee’ N.C.) in the home of Brother W. F. Bryant. They invited Tomlinson to be with them in this meeting which had been called for the purpose of praying and the study of the Bible. Tomlinson came to the home of Bryant on Friday, June 12, and spent the night there.
“Early the next morning, he climbed Burger Mountain for a season of prayer, and it was while he was on the mountain, that the Lord revealed the Church of God to him. On Sept. 7, 1941, the place where Tomlinson became a member fo the Church of God was dedicated. (Now known as the Fields of the Wood).
“At this dedication service, he gave a few particulars about that remarkable year of 1903. Among other things, he stated that he came to that June 13 meeting in 1903 with the understanding that they would search the Bible and see if they could find the Church of God.
“Jesus had started the Church of God when he was here on earth, and a record was kept of the progress and activities for several years after the death of its founder. The period of history known as the Dark Ages had come after the Church of God had departed from the faith and the Church was lost to view.
“For some time prior to the June 13, 1903 meeting, Tomlinson had been searching for the Bible plan. Even before the Holiness Church at Camp Creek was organized, he had become acquainted with some of the folks and had been allowed to preach for them. So when the above mentioned meeting was called, it was natural that he should be invited.
“After the early morning prayer on Burger Mountain, Tomlinson came down to the place where the meeting was to be held. Here he learned more about his organization. One of the things they told him was that “they took the whole Bible rightly divided, and their only rule of faith and practice.”
Tomlinson said: “Well, if you take the whole Bible rightly divided, that makes it the Church of God.” After a few more words were said, he asked them if they were willing to take him in “with the understanding that it is The Church of God.”
This was agreeable with them, so Brother R.G. Spurling handed him a Bible and said, “Will you take this as the Word of God, believe it and practice it, obey its precepts and walk it the light as God is in the light?”
Tomlinson then accepted the covenant, thus becoming a member of the last days Church of God. Four more also joined on the same day.
Tomlinson was ordained and chosen as the pastor, and two deacons were ordained. The work progressed very nicely and soon new churches were organized in spite of persecutions, which were to be expected.
Psalms 132:1-6; “Lord remember David, and all his afflictions: How he sware unto the Lord, and vowed unto the mighty of Jacob; Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, not go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,
“Until I find out a place for the Lord, a habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the ‘fields of the wood.'”
Jeremiah 50:4-5: ” In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the Lord their God.
“They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying Come, and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual convenant that shall not be forgotten.”