Prayer is the wheels of the Church

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I’m not an expert when it comes to the stock market, mutual funds, or investments, but what I do know is that if you don’t invest in them, you won’t be paid any dividends. It doesn’t matter how many times a stock has split or how much its value has improved if you haven’t put in your money. Zero times any number is still zero. You can’t expect a return on what you haven’t invested. Conversely, the more you invest, the greater the return when it’s multiplied.

God works the same way. If we are unwilling to sacrifice and invest our time in prayer, we won’t see a move of God that will bring revival and change in this nation. Growing up, I remember hearing my pastor say, “Prayer is the wheels of the Church.” I didn’t understand what he meant then, but as I’ve matured, I get it. Prayer is what moves the Church because prayer is what moves God. You cannot have a church that is going anywhere unless you have leadership who prays.

The more time we invest in prayer, the greater the return. All great moves of God in history were preceded by people who prayed. Their prayers were for souls, and God answered. William Seymour, who started the Azusa Street Revival, would often pray all night long. He understood that without the sacrifice of prayer, there could be no great move of God. He was so hungry for God, and stirred that hunger in others, that they were willing to spend hours a day in prayer. He gave the example and they followed.

If we want to see God move in our churches, our communities, our area, our state, our nation, and our world, we as leaders are going to have to start investing in prayer by sacrificing our time. We are going to have to make prayer a priority, getting down on our knees asking God to heal our land. For too long we have allowed our culture to push the hand of God away from us, and the only way to return His hand of blessing is through the prayers of His people. I’ve found that prayers always yield a dividend of souls. The question is, how much are you willing to invest in prayer?

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