I am loving this book so much! Here are some excerpts from Chapters 2 and 3.
No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be a shop window to display one’s talents; the prayer closet allows no showing off.
Poverty-stricken as the church is today in many things, she is most stricken here, in the place of prayer. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers;…many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters.
The two prerequisites to successful Christian living are vision and passion, both of which are born in and maintained by prayer.The ministry of preaching is open to few; the ministry of prayer–the highest ministry of all human offices–is open to all.
Someone now warns us lest we become so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly use. Brother, this generation of believers is not, by and large, suffering from such a complex. The brutal, soul-shaking truth is that we are so earthly minded that we are of no heavenly use.
Is it true? How much DO we pray? How fervently? Deep inside, do you have a vague, gnawing feeling that perhaps you are not really on fire?
Do you pray for the church? Do you feel the burden of unsaved and lethargic souls? Just being in a church is NOT enough! We need to pray for the Holy Spirit fire to fall, baptizing and empowering believers and bringing souls to Christ!
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Do you ever feel the dual pull of hypocrisy? It tugs you to look good, be accepted, but deep down there is always the desire to find the true fire, to dance with our Maker.
Do you have the vision? Can you find the passion? Pray, brother and sister! Pray fervently! The God who IS, is here for you, ready to send revival fires.