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What Every Church So Desperately Needs

August 6, 2013
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Stephen Altrogge writes of the greatest need in our churches today.

In his book The Necessity of Prayer E.M. Bounds writes:

‘Many men, of this day, obtain a good report because of their money-giving, their great mental gifts and talents, but few there be who obtain a “good report” because of their great faith in God, or because of the wonderful things which are being wrought through their great praying. Today, as much as at any time, we need men of great faith and men who are great in prayer. These are the two cardinal virtues which make men great in the eyes of God, the two things which create conditions of real spiritual success in the life and work of the Church.’

What my church and every other church needs more than anything else is men and women who are committed to great praying. Men and women of great faith who ask great things of God. Men and women who are regularly down on their faces before God asking him to send his Spirit in power. Without God moving nothing of truly lasting value will take place. Prayer is what transforms the Sunday music from a concert to worship. Prayer is what transforms the children’s ministry from fun to profound.

So yes, let’s pursue excellence in everything we do as a church. Let’s continue to serve and give and live with all our might. But let’s also be men and women of great prayer. Let’s ask God to do mighty things in worship, mighty things in children’s ministry, mighty things in our budgets. Prayer is what gives life to our service and talents and money. A church can’t survive on talent alone. Prayer is what accomplishes great things for God.

– Stephen Altrogge, The Blazing Center blog, August 6, 2013. To read the entire article, go here.

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