Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth. God does nothing but in answer to prayer.—John Wesley The apostles knew the necessity and worth of prayer to their ministry. They knew that their high commission as apostles, instead of relieving them from the necessity of prayer, committed them to it by a more urgent need; so that they were exceedingly jealous else some other important work should exhaust their time and prevent their praying as they ought; so they appointed laymen to look after the delicate and engrossing duties of ministering to the poor, that they (the apostles) might, unhindered, “give themselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

Prayer is put first, and their relation to prayer is put most strongly—”give themselves to it,” making a business of it, surrendering themselves to praying, putting fervor, urgency, perseverance, and time in it. How holy, apostolic men devoted themselves to this divine work of prayer! “Night and day praying exceedingly,” says Paul. “We will give ourselves continually to prayer” is the consensus of apostolic devotement. How these New Testament preachers laid themselves out in prayer for God’s people! How they put God in full force into their Churches by their praying!

These holy apostles did not vainly fancy that they had met their high and solemn duties by delivering faithfully God’s word, but their preaching was made to stick and tell by the ardor and insistence of their praying. Apostolic praying was as taxing, toilsome, and imperative as apostolic preaching. They prayed mightily day and night to bring their people to the highest regions of faith and holiness. They prayed mightier still to hold them to this high spiritual altitude.

The preacher who has never learned in the school of Christ the high and divine art of intercession for his people will never learn the art of preaching, though homiletics be poured into him by the ton, and though he be the most gifted genius in sermon-making and sermon-delivery. The prayers of apostolic, saintly leaders do much in making saints of those who are not apostles. If the Church leaders in after years had been as particular and fervent in praying for their people as the apostles were, the sad, dark times of worldliness and apostasy had not marred the history and eclipsed the glory and arrested the advance of the Church. Apostolic praying makes apostolic saints and keeps apostolic times of purity and power in the Church. What loftiness of soul, what purity and elevation of motive, what unselfishness, what self-sacrifice, what exhaustive toil, what ardor of spirit, what divine tact are requisite to be an intercessor for men! The preacher is to lay himself out in prayer for his people; not that they might be saved, simply, but that they be mightily saved.

The apostles laid themselves out in prayer that their saints might be perfect; not that they should have a little relish for the things of God, but that they “might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Paul did not rely on his apostolic preaching to secure this end, but “for this cause he bowed his knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul’s praying carried Paul’s converts farther along the highway of sainthood than Paul’s preaching did. Epaphras did as much or more by prayer for the Colossian saints than by his preaching. He labored fervently always in prayer for them that “they might stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” Preachers are preeminently God’s leaders. They are primarily responsible for the condition of the Church. They shape its character, give tone and direction to its life. Much every way depends on these leaders.

They shape the times and the institutions. The Church is divine, the treasure it incases is heavenly, but it bears the imprint of the human. The treasure is in earthen vessels, and it smacks of the vessel. The Church of God makes, or is made by, its leaders. Whether it makes them or is made by them, it will be what its leaders are; spiritual if they are so, secular if they are, conglomerate if its leaders are. Israel’s kings gave character to Israel’s piety. A Church rarely revolts against or rises above the religion of its leaders. Strongly spiritual leaders; men of holy might, at the lead, are tokens of God’s favor; disaster and weakness follow the wake of feeble or worldly leaders. Israel had fallen low when God gave children to be their princes and babes to rule over them. No happy state is predicted by the prophets when children oppress God’s Israel and women rule over them.

Times of spiritual leadership are times of great spiritual prosperity to the Church. Prayer is one of the eminent characteristics of strong spiritual leadership. Men of mighty prayer are men of might and mold things. Their power with God has the conquering tread. How can a man preach who does not get his message fresh from God in the closet? How can he preach without having his faith quickened, his vision cleared, and his heart warmed by his closeting with God? Alas, for the pulpit lips which are untouched by this closet flame. Dry and unctionless they will ever be, and truths divine will never come with power from such lips. As far as the real interests of religion are concerned, a pulpit without a closet will always be a barren thing. A preacher may preach in an official, entertaining, or learned way without prayer, but between this kind of preaching and sowing God’s precious seed with holy hands and prayerful, weeping hearts there is an immeasurable distance. A prayerless ministry is the undertaker for all God’s truth and for God’s Church.

He may have the most costly casket and the most beautiful flowers, but it is a funeral, notwithstanding the charmful array. A prayerless Christian will never learn God’s truth; a prayerless ministry will never be able to teach God’s truth. Ages of millennial glory have been lost by a prayerless Church. The coming of our Lord has been postponed indefinitely by a prayerless Church. Hell has enlarged herself and filled her dire caves in the presence of the dead service of a prayerless Church. The best, the greatest offering is an offering of prayer. If the preachers of the twentieth century will learn well the lesson of prayer, and use fully the power of prayer, the millennium will come to its noon ere the century closes. “Pray without ceasing” is the trumpet call to the preachers of the twentieth century. If the twentieth century will get their texts, their thoughts, their words, their sermons in their closets, the next century will find a new heaven and a new earth. The old sin-stained and sin-eclipsed heaven and earth will pass away under the power of a praying ministry.

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  • Amen god in full force by choice he is first... Amen :) enjoyed the word.. Thank you.
  • Amen Hallelujah.. this ready put life back into me... Give God his time he gave us his time when he died on the cross he stil had life to live but he gave up his time for us... why not give him some of our time? You must pray and talk to him on a daily bases. When you are praying you being connected to God there is nothing more important then God of ypu just praying to thank him for life or for what he is blessing you with pray every day get to know God personally he speaks most whem you pray or in ypur vision some people get vision and dream twisted God shows you visions with in a dream.. thats why you must pray to let god know you you want the visions of life and to help you stay right with him... Pray everyday and what God works dont believe me just watch..Amen
  • Amen wow i agree with the prayerless part wow..yes its important we get that time in with God its important that we speak and pray to him..A prayer life is very very much much needed in this day and age...Without a prayer life you are powerless amen so its important to keep building our prayer life on a daily im so glad i read this cause it helped me thats why i can agree to it..it makes so much since now without a consistent prayer life communicating with God what do you really have?? Its important to stay connected to the father in Heavan.!
  • This article is so true! We as Christians should desire what God desire. Prayer is one of the way we can be sure that we are preach, teaching, and saying the words, and thoughts of God. Really made me look at my prayer life.(time to come up).



  • Malvin Jones, Sr. said:

    Matthew 6:9-13New International Version 

    NIV)

    9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

    “‘Our Father in heaven,

    hallowed be your name,

    10 your kingdom come,

    your will be done,

        on earth as it is in heaven.

    11 Give us today our daily bread.

    12 And forgive us our debts,

        as we also have forgiven our debtors

    13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]

        but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’

    The prayers of a rightous man availeth much.  God gave us a mouth so we could praise his holy name.  Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Ask,and it shall be given...  we are to confess our sins and repent.  

    Speak His words and they shall not come back void and with out fulfilling his purpose.....  prayer is active not passive.  Our personal relationship with the Lord is facilitated through prayer.  We are to pray unceasingly.  The amazing thing is that when we come to the Lord in prayer He already knows what we want.  In so much as one of the Lords days are as a thousand of our year, He hears our past, present, and future prayers simultaneously.   

  • Matthew 6:9-13New International Version 

    NIV)

    9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

    “‘Our Father in heaven,

    hallowed be your name,

    10 your kingdom come,

    your will be done,

        on earth as it is in heaven.

    11 Give us today our daily bread.

    12 And forgive us our debts,

        as we also have forgiven our debtors

    13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]

        but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’

    The prayers of a rightous man availeth much.  God gave us a mouth so we could praise his holy name.  Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Ask,and it shall be given...

    Speak His words and they shall not come back void and with out fulfilling his purpose.....  prayer is active not passive.  Our personal relationship with the Lord is facilitated through prayer.  We are to pray unceasingly.  The amazing thing is that when we come to the Lord in prayer He already knows what we want.  In so much as one of the Lords days are as a thousand of our year, He hears our past, present, and future prayers simultaneously.   

  • After reading this Powerful passage regarding prayer, The Holy Spirit said "Prayer is Essential for The Soul" meaning that if one doesn't pray then he/she is journeying without guidance and making decisions based on their own will. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says "Pray Without Ceasing!" It is a Mandate/Command issued from The Lord. Be obedient and follow his directions to the letter.

    This passage spoke volumes to me and brought me to an even more humbler place as a Christian leader because The Lord has given me the responsibility of not only praying over and leading His sheep, but teaching His sheep how to pray. And, not only that, He provided the model prayer for me to use which is written in Matthew 6:9-13. The Bible provides us with the Biblical Instructions Before Leaving Earth. When leaders pray without ceasing, they are given divine instructions and guidance on what to do, where to go, what to say, what to sow and much more. This leads to a personal and intimate relationship with Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Only what we do for Christ will last. If you don't seek Him in prayer and meditation, then how can anything you do last?

    Marsha Jones

  • P.U.S.H pray until something happens.. Give God realness amd he'll give us greatness..
  • This is very profound. This really brought tears to my eyes.  I think after today my prayer life will really change, I know what God has called me to do and just ask that I decrease while he increases.

    We as leaders need to realize that this is  the only way our ministry will prevail over anything.  The Bible teached Kingdom of Heaven suffer violence, but we take it back by force. Our prayers,preaching, teaching and leading the Body of Christ  is what will take it back

     

    This is a great messge and so profound, by it self.

  • We are called to be watchmen on the wall, we have to pray for our pastors leaders churches etc... Somebody has to take a stand for the Kingdom of God is at hand!
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