"If I may covet earnestly one thing above every other, it is that I may be able to ask what I will of the Lord and have it. The prevailer in prayer is the man to preach successfully, for he may well prevail with man for God when he has already prevailed with God for men. This is the man to face the difficulties of business life, for what can baffle him when he can take everything to God in prayer? One such believer as this in a church is worth ten thousand of us common people. These are the men in whom is fulfilled God’s purpose concerning man, whom He made to have dominion over all the works of His hands.
"The stamp of sovereignty is on the brows of these men, who shape the history of nations and guide the current of events through their power on high. We see Jesus with all things put under Him by the divine purpose, and as we rise into that image, we also are clothed with dominion and are made kings and priests unto God. Behold Elijah, with the keys of the rain swinging at his side. He shuts or opens the windows of heaven! There are such men still alive. Aspire to be such men and women that to you the text may be fulfilled: 'Ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.'"
-- Charles Spurgeon, The Power of Prayer in a Believer's Life, ed. Robert Hall (Lynnwood, WA: Emerald Books, 1993), 35, 36.