Almost 17 years ago I had the privilege to receive a tape from a friend in our home Bible study, that is still one of my all-time favorites. It’s entitled Eagle Christians by Ern Baxter, and I’ve listened to it periodically at least 20 times. What struck me most about this dedicated man of God was his humble heart and passionate love for our risen Lord. He uses the great analogy of how a mother eagle cares for and raises her young ones, until the day that she must destroy the nest and hurl the yet-babies headlong down from the craggy heights of their mountain home. The babies may not understand her seemingly murderous intentions, but what they discover while they learn to fly- is that she is faithful to catch each one before they hit the ground.
He brings tears to my eyes when he describes how a full-grown eagle will lose all its beautiful feathers; at some ordained time there is the need for an entire new growth for even greater power and longevity… but during this intense process, the eagle nearly dies. The partially autobiographical message reveals the stations in life that God walks us through, never leaving nor forsaking us… always there whether we ‘sense’ Him or not.
I’m including a brief article from the June ’07 Intercessors for America Newsletter which is a reprint of the late saint dating back to 1993. Before I do though- I’d like to give you the words to a song that Ern Baxter sang on the tape message (I wish you could hear it…)
Rise and Soar
Rise and soar into the sunlight rays (Chorus)
Using both your wings of Prayer and Praise
Mount like eagles higher in the sky
And you’ll find things look so different when you fly
When you pray but cannot get your answer through
When you get discouraged know not what to do–
Cease to beg and plead but Hallelujahs raise
Your petitions shall ascend on wings of Praise
Many baffled birds in vain will wave one wing
Drooping prayers they pray but rarely shout and sing
Round and round these earth-bound birds go in a maze
For they fail to stretch the other wing in Praise
Some neglect to pray and only shout around
Like the beaten brass or cymbal so they sound–
They too tread a circle and will never share
The much Larger life on wings of Praise and Prayer
Watching Unto Prayer… Mark 13:37 “What I say to you, I say to all: Watch!“
1 Peter 4:7… But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be sober and watchful in your prayers.
Luke 12:37… “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when He comes, will find watching.”
“We are part of a cosmic scheme, inaugurated by God and intended by God to be carried out, until the entire universe acknowledges that Jesus is Lord– to the glory of God the Father!”
Our Lord established the vast range and influence of prayer when He taught His disciples to say, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
How this is accomplished is revealed in the activity recorded in Revelation, chapter 8. The tabernacle of Moses was “the earthly reproduction of heavenly realities.” Hebrews 9:23 JBP. John witnesses the symbolic unfolding of the governmental character of prayer in terms of the tabernacle, especially the two altars, which were part of the tabernacle complex.
The brazen altar was the place where sin was dealt with by sacrifice. The golden altar of incense was the place where, through priestly mediation, forgiven Israelites offered their prayers. The tabernacle was the earthly center of heavenly government, and prayer was an integral part of God’s governmental authority.
In the heavenly scene, an angel approaches the golden altar with a golden censer. “There was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar.” The incense represents all that Christ is, and has done, for us. What effect do these prayers have? There is a direct relationship between our prayers and the governmental activity of God.
The angel now returns to the brazen altar (righteous judgment) and fills the censer with fire, and “casts it upon the earth.” The fire on the brazen altar represents God’s judgment of sin. The fire of God’s holiness either consumes the sacrifice, or it consumes the sinner who rejects the sacrifice.
In praying “Thy Kingdom (order and government) come…” we are asking God to do whatever is necessary to bring righteousness to the “earth.” The saints who pray these prayers are also included in the answer. God’s government must come to them as well as to the unrepentant.
The censer, which was associated with the saints’ prayers, now pours out the answer upon the earth in righteous judgmental activity, with a view to repentance. (Revelation 9:20-21) This activity is described as “voices” (messages from God); “thunderings” (intimations of approaching storms); “lightnings” (sharp and sudden strokes of judgment) and “earthquakes” (great social upheaval). Read Psalm 18:6-15.
Commenting on this Revelation passage Dr. Torrance says, “What was the real master-powers behind the world, and what are the deeper secrets of our destiny? Here is the astonishing answer: the prayer of saints and the fire of God. That means that more potent, more powerful than anything else, is the power of prayer set ablaze by the fire of God and cast upon the earth.”
W.J. Ern Baxter (1914-1993) along with Derek Prince and others, founded the ministry of Intercessors for America in 1973. The above appeared in the September 1993 IFA First Friday newsletter.
For deeper insight into how GOD the Father sees His children; to better understand the elementary principles of Christ (Hebrews 6:1-3); the ‘mysteries’ of Christ’s Kingdom; and our individual and corporate calling, commission, and empowerment- please review my first published book and the Table of Contents on the Amazon website linked here via Book Title: “Thy Kingdom Come- Here and Now!”