Heart To Heart With Pastor Ed Bowen – #13

Pastor Ed Bowen was saved on March 24, 1957 at a revival meeting at Horse Branch Church in Turbeville, S.C. at the age of 23. Brother Bowen has been married to his wife, Margaret, for over 54 years. After being ordained in 1960, Pastor Bowen went on to preach in various places until he became pastor of Cherryvale Baptist. Having been there for over 43 years, in 2000, he had to slow down a bit due to prostate cancer.

Though unable to do what he used to do, Pastor Ed has just changed venues. For over ten years now, he has been encouraging people via email. He has graciously agreed to be a contributing author to this website. This series of posts entitled, “Heart To Heart” are the fruit of his times with our Lord Jesus! If they mean as much to you as they do me, then EMAIL him and let him know about it!

THE POWER OF UNITED PRAYER
“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:19-20Matthew 18:19-20
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.  

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Jesus taught His disciples lessons in prayer both by example and by verbal instruction. The first lesson was to enter into your inner chamber (closet) and get alone with the Father, asking of Him in secret and He will reward openly. The second lesson is that of united prayer. We need to meet in secret with God alone and we need to meet with those who find the name of Jesus precious and powerful.

The reason being is that the bond, which unites a Christian to his fellow Christians, is no less real than the bond that unites him to God. He is one with them also. Grace renews our relationship to God, but also to men. God is our Father and fellow Christians are our brothers and sisters in the family of God. We learn both to say “my Father” and “our Father.” Believers are members of one body and one family, spiritually. We meet with our Father, alone, but also with our spiritual family in His presence.

So, Christians cannot have the full blessing God desires to give, if this assembly is neglected. God is ready, through the Spirit, to bestow all that the assembly will receive. It was 120 praying in one accord and in one place that the power came from the Throne to empower His early disciples to be His witnesses. The Lord will do great things in us and through us if we trust and obey.

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By Andrew Murray / CLC Publications

Andrew Murray’s “Secret Series” booklets have long been classics of devotional literature. In Secrets of Intercession and Prayer four of these booklets have been collected into one volume: The Secret of the Abiding Presence, The Secret of Adoration, The Secret of Intercession, and The Secret of United Prayer. Each section offers a month of readings, totaling four months of insightful devotions.

Originally posted 2011-05-01 00:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About Andrew Schank

Andrew Schank is an Independent Baptist Missionary/Pastor who loves to blog about spiritual matters! His main ministry website is http://www.togetherinthegap.com. Andrew is also a contributing author to two other blogs/websites including http://linked2leadership.com and http://www.ifbkjv.com. Pastor Schank's Church website is http://www.greatcommissionbaptist.org
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