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The Importance of Prayer in the Work of the Church

Many churches today in America are doing many works for the Lord. Unfortunately, there are not enough people in these churches who will volunteer to help out. The workers we do have are exhausted. In spite of all this work, we do not see the evangelism results we would like to see. According to the Bible, the reason we don’t have enough workers is because of lack of prayer (see Matthew 9:38). Prayer is also key to our evangelism efforts. When prayer returns to the church, we can have less programs to draw people and allow the Holy Spirit to draw them.

According to Evelyn Christenson, “Prayer is a very important means in the salvation process. Prayer invites the God of the universe to work in them before we try. It releases the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. It goes ahead of our evangelizing to prepare the soil of their hearts. It can open whole cities or nations for a moving of God toward Jesus. But prayer alone still can be just a means, although a vital means, if we don’t actually go to them in some way with the Gospel of Jesus (page 50)”.

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Evelyn Christenson writes…

One day my husband walked out of the sanctuary of our church and encountered our custodian fairly dripping with perspiration. He was a giant of a Christian, but was gradually losing his ability to think and work effectively because of hardening of the arteries. As my husband saw him struggling with the vacuum cleaner he looked down and there lying on the ground was the plug. The dear man had vacuumed the whole auditorium and didn’t have the plug in the outlet!

Isn’t that what happens to many of us? We work, we pull, we struggle, and we plan until we’re utterly exhausted, but we have forgotten to plug into the source of power. And that source of power is prayer–the “effecting fervent prayer” of a righteous person that avails much.

For you to pray:

Dear God, teach me to plug into Your power. Amen

(Evelyn Christenson, What Happens When Women Prayer, 23-24).

Can we still have the supernatural in our churches? I think we can, for effectual, fervent prayer is capable of producing supernatural results!

(Evelyn Christenson, What Happens When Women Prayer, 21).

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