The Supreme Necessity Of Prayer
By Samuel Chadwick
Andrew Bonar left it on record that he never entered into a session of pure prayer without a fierce battle at the threshold. Satan dreads nothing like prayer. He stands at the portals of the Holy of Holies as an “angel of light.”
He does not openly attack; he diverts. The one concern of Satan is to keep the saints from prayer. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, and trembles when we pray.
The conviction deepens – that the supreme need of the church is the spirit of prayer. There are many other needs but the need of prayer transcends them all. If only the church of Christ could be impelled to prayer there would be an end to barrenness and failure. It is the lack of prayer that lies at the root of all our troubles and there is no remedy but in prayer.
Things will never be better until prayer is restored to its true place in the organization of the church and the habits of individual believers. There is no substitute for prayer, but with prayer all things are possible. This is a truism of the Christian faith. Nobody denies it. Everybody says it. All history confirms it.
If only the people of God could be baptized into a passion for prayer, life would quicken, miracles would return, souls would be saved, and coffers would overflow.
Why do we not set ourselves to prayer? The remedy is sure and simple. The need is urgent and acknowledged. Why is it so slow in getting to work?