Every pastor should without exception be a man of prayer. Empty messages flow from empty men.
How can God speak through us IF we have not allowed Him speak to us? The church will never be a "house of prayer" UNTIL the pastor is a "man of prayer."
The prayerlessness in the pulpit has perpetuated the worldliness in the pew. Prayerless pews are the offspring of prayerless pulpits.
The pastors of today cannot honestly say with the Apostles "But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:4) Therefore, sermons are preached from the bookshelves rather than our prayer closet...
messages are pathetic rather than prophetic! Oh that pastors would recover the spirit of Samuel as he proclaimed to the people, "God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king." (1 Sam.12:23-25)
The reality is that the depth of the ministry of the word will never exceed the depth of our ministry in prayer. The two are inseparable. In pastoral ministry, prayer without the ministry of the Word is fruitless, and the ministry of the Word without prayer is rootless.
Oh that Daddy would raise pastors whose prayers surpass their preaching!
Let us pray:
PRAYER 7 of 7: "O God, we pray for deep cleansing, genuine repentance, and spiritual power to engulf pastors and Christian leaders even as You bestow spiritual hunger in Your people and draw us to fervent intercession in Jesus name."
PS: Praise God...Alleluia! He's brought us to the end of Powered Lips- Season 2! It's been exciting all the way and I'm hoping that was your experience too. I await your testimonies of revived prayer lives, increased passion for God's Kingdom and MORE!
Have a wonderful time in the presence of your Father, TODAY!