When American pastors were asked about their ministry priorities for 2005, 47% said spiritual development was number one, while 46% said evangelism. (These are good and important!) There were twelve different emphases in all. The one that ranked dead last, at 3%, was prayer. Something is wrong when decades of big movements and packed out stadiums results in prayer being the last of twelve priorities in the hearts of America’s pastors. If we widely believed that the need of the church today was the renewing of God’s grace in Christ alone I think prayer would rank first. I do not think we will see anything like a real work for renewal until prayer is taken seriously again. And I do not think we will take prayer seriously again until leaders restore it to its proper place.
The Weekly Messenger – John Armstrong
c/o Reformation Revival Ministries
P.O. Box 88216 / 630 Paxton Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188