“I have seen many men work without praying, though I have never seen any good come out of it; but I have never seen a man pray without working.” So said the great missionary to China, James Hudson Taylor.
We live in an activist generation. We live in a d-i-y generation. We live in a self-assertion generation. All of these mitigate against prayer. But the true believer knows that prayer to God is vital. It is the heartbeat of our existence to speak to our Father.
And when we are seeking the Lord we are at our most useful. When the church is seeking the Lord we can anticipate mighty happenings. For that is how the church started. The church was birthed in a prayer meeting. The prayers of Acts 1:12-14 became the first servers in the church.
My experience of church life is that many don’t “get it” as regards to how, through prayer, life is released into the church. And whilst most continue to not “get it” I am concerned. So let us pray that many “get it” and start crying out to the Lord in fervent prayer fellowship. And when more and more “get it” and our prayer times are transformed; then we anticipate great things.
So remember the words of Hudson Taylor: “I have never seen a man pray without working.”