A Soul Laid Bare

“No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.”

Leonard Ravenhill

To say that God is drawing his church back to prayer is an understatement, and it is simply breathtaking to watch Him putting things into place to radically change the church in this area! As such, I will do a series of posts regarding prayer, as the Holy Spirit leads me, as well as testify of the things God is doing in this area as I see them unfold from my foxhole.

This morning the Lord put something into my spirit that both humbled and shocked me concerning prayer–far too many Christians shy away from prayer because there is nowhere to hide…it is just us and God…it is a soul laid bare before Him. Sure, a Christian can hide in a pew among the flock, fake the funk during corporate praise and worship, and even hide within a small group…no one would be the wiser. Not so with prayer!

As we engage in prayer, our souls are laid bare before a Holy God, and we boldly commune with Him…as a child communes with a loving Father. I am convinced that, if we begin to view prayer the same way as we view breathing, Christianity would look a whole lot differently today!


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