The nature of an investment is to let go of one thing in the present, place it in the realm of the unseen, and trust that the ship will come in. That is faith. Fear will not allow many to let go. Consequently, they live their lives on the banks of “good intentions.” Others see no other option than to let go. A true call of God removes all other options from the table and invests in the invisible realities of God’s promise. The understanding of this comes when one makes prayer investments!
11 “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.”
This spoke of sea merchants who would send out grain on ships with the knowledge that gold would return. Grains of prayer sent into the heavens today will return with gold tomorrow. I am not referring to the corruptible gold of this world. I am pointing to something of much more value and of much greater quality. It’s the rarity of a golden call into the ministry. It’s the birth of a ministry that is priced far above worldly wealth. Callings and anointing do not come from pedigree, social status, name-dropping, or pushing the right buttons. They come from agonizing, broken, painful grains of prayer; the grains that irritate, but transform. Solomon knew the value of returns.
1 Kings 10:15, 22-23
15 “besides that from the traveling merchants, from the income of traders, from all the kings of Arabia, and from the governors of the country.”
22 “For the king had merchant ships at sea with the fleet of Hiram. Once every three years the merchant ships came bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and monkeys.”
23 “So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.”
It would be years before the ships would return with that of greater value; but when they did, the merchant's faith and patience would be rewarded. We are Prayer Merchants! We deal in invisible, spiritual matters. We work with wind and we must be ever ready to adjust our prayer sails to its moving. Prayer takes a direction. That direction is subjective. Prayer direction never contradicts the Word or the pastor. What one hears in prayer is forever subject to the authority of the Word of God. Before a decision is made, pastoral counsel must be sought. If the word does not support it, and the pastor does not approve it, it’s the wrong direction.
It is said that Eccl. 11:1 is also an allusion to the sowing of rice. The rice was sown on muddy ground, or ground covered with water. It was then trodden and trampled under the feet of cattle. The weight and pressure of the trampling is what caused it to take root. Root systems are vital to growth, and only come through the process of being stepped on. Insurmountable weight and pressure are tools in the hands of God that produce needed growth in our lives. It was after “many days” that visible evidence proved the power of invisible investments.
When we depend upon organizations,
we get what organizations can do;
When we depend upon education,
we get what education can do;
When we depend upon man,
we get what man can do;
But when we depend upon prayer,
we get what God can do.
A. C. DIXON
Texas Bible College is the grounding upon which prayer investments are made. Roots, deep roots, are intertwined around the rocks of solid doctrine. Like steel that has been tempered and shaped, Apostolic leaders are faithfully forged, powerful preachers are pressed into form, and Kingdom-shakers are sent into the world. It all starts with Prayer Investments.
- Rev. Carl McLaughlin, M.A.
Texas Bible College