The most urgent need of the Christian is to experience unceasing communion with God. His or her most urgent need is to learn to pray and to do so without ceasing.
That being said, the most urgent need of the Christian community — the local church — is to glorify and enjoy God by becoming a “House of Prayer.”
Therefore it follows that the most urgent need of ministers, elders, shepherds, and leaders is to practice, teach, and encourage God’s children to pray.
Sure, biblical education, systematic theology, church history, personal purity, leadership development, spiritual gift discernment, stewardship, personal evangelism, corporate fellowship, mercy ministry, global missions and many other practices are vital, but all of these activities are to be practiced by worshipers engaged in prayerful communion with God.
Preaching without prayer is just the giving of a good speech.
Theological study without prayer becomes the mere puffing up of…
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