“The great people of the earth today are the people who pray! I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor those who explain prayer; but I mean those who actually take the time to pray. … These are the people today who are doing the most for God in winning souls, in solving problems, in awakening churches, in supplying both men and money for mission posts, in keeping fresh and strong their lives far off in sacrificial service on the foreign field, where the thickest fighting is going on, and in keeping the old earth sweet a little while longer.” S.D. Gordon (Quiet Talks on Prayer)
In September, I preached a sermon series called the Work of the Witness. In the series, I offered the lessons of Jesus on conflict (Matthew 18:15-20), forgiveness (Matthew 18:21–35), and faithfulness in work (Matthew 20:1–10). I also offered this series to inspire us to conduct critical work in the world, that of prayer. We cannot help to resolve conflict in our world, teach forgiveness, or labor for our Lord if we do not have the power of prayer as our source of strength. Through prayer we will become stronger witnesses who model conflict resolution, we will speak words of forgiveness in situations where such words are needed and we will not be weary in taking up the work God calls us to each day. I am asking members of the Immanuel community to begin to pray for each other calling each person by name, so that God will empower us to be the church where prayer is our foundational work. I trust we will be rewarded with the strength and blessings of God.