The great success of the 1978 Evangelist Campaign was due to 2 things: we will give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the Word.
Acts 6:4-6 King James Version (KJV)
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
Very true indeed!
After more than 42 years now since year 1978 the MINISTRY OF PRAYER is ever more vital than that memorable week of Soul winning Campaign culminating with SOM (School of Mission) 1st Graduation Service
On that 1978 December night in Singapore Life Bible Presbyterian Church in Singapore Dr. Jacob Chelli was the Guest Preacher
Standing front left is Rev Dr Jacob Chelli the Founder of Berean Baptist Bible College & Seminary in Bangalore, India https://www.bereanbaptistbiblecollege.com/
Front right is Rev Dr Peter Ng Eng Hoe the Founder of Jesus Saves Mission & School of Mission (SOM) Singapore
Standing between Dr Chelli & Dr Peter Ng slightly behind and half hidden from view
is Rev Dr Wally Tow Siang Hwa who Founded Calvary Pandan Bible Presbyterian Church in Pandan Gardens (S’pore). Dr. Tow was also instrumental in formation of Calvary Jurong Bp Church in Tao Ching Road as well as many other Bp Churches and among them Calvary Jaya Bp Fellowship (Malaysia) a decade later.
Now the memory of these Men of Prayer and their labours remind us of Acts 6:4
WE WILL GIVE OURSELVES CONTINUALLY TO PRAYER
That night Dr. Jacob Chelli preached and mentioned the Cult Jim Jones of Jones Town in which more than 900 people died in a mass- murder suicide.
It compelled us to go out to preach the truth as errors abound
Dr. Jacob Chelli was invited to be our Bible Conference Speaker in Penang Hill, Malaysia
Here he revealed to us how he prayed
As a Baptist he believed in giving 10% of our tithe to God. But he mentioned something new to all of us
He said just as we tithe our money we should also tithe our time
We should give one tenth of our time to God in prayer everyday
One day has 24 hours. So 1/10 is 2 hours 20 minutes
That is a high calling and challenge!
At that time of course we shrugged it off as we prayed 3 times each day
1 hour of prayer in the morning
1 hour of prayer after lunch (the most sleepy hour)
1 hour of prayer at night (It was 2 hours at night until I told Dr Peter Ng to make in one hour or else there is not enough time to do our Studies in SOM)
And those 4 year spent (75 to 78) were very blessed times of prayer (not including extra times of own personal prayer & fasting times, Wednesday Evening Prayer & Friday All Night Prayer at Mt Faber
Now Dr Jacob Chelli prayed on his own and on his knees!
His time spent in prayer caused him to have calloused knees like camels knees.
We read about it before
In his Church History (c. 325), Eusibius writes:
But Hegesippus, who lived immediately after the apostles, gives the most accurate account in the fifth book of his Memoirs. He writes as follows:
… [James](brother of Jesus) alone was permitted to enter into the holy place; for he wore not woolen but linen garments. And he was in the habit of entering alone into the temple, and was frequently found upon his knees begging forgiveness for the people, so that his knees became hard like those of a camel, in consequence of his constantly bending them in his worship of God, and asking forgiveness for the people.
So here is a Man of Prayer
Dr. Jacob Chelli once mentioned that he will never leave his house if there is no peace in his heart. He will even wait upon God for peace even if he is late in boarding a plane. He said, “The plane will not fly without Jacob Chelli on it” True indeed, God delayed the plane for His servant
Because he gave time to God – God gave time to work for him
Now it has been great joy to hear that Dr. Chelli help founded over 2,000 Baptist Churches in the dark continent of India. He read the Bible more than 420 times in his Life Time (This is 10 times more than Dr John Sung who read thru the Bible 40 times) Such is a Giant in Prayer and in the Word
Last year at the wake of Dr Tow Siang Hwa we heard one of his daughter mentioning how they spent hours & hours praying for so many people. Praying for people they don’t even know
For Dr Peter Ng the times spent in Prayer on Friday Night last 6 hours from 10pm Friday Night to 4 am Saturday morning
The Clarion Call to Prayer is as Vital Today as 42 years ago
“No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.”
BUT WE WILL GIVE OURSELVES CONTINUALLY TO PRAYER AND TO THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD (Acts 6:4)
Below is a graduation service of Berean Baptist Bible College & Seminary