Today, there is great pressure from many directions in our society to work harder, become smarter and produce results or be moved aside. Christians in the west are in danger of absorbing this mentality into their own attitudes and actions, forgetting that with God success comes not by might, nor by power but by a powerful and gracious release of God’s Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).
R.A.Torrey once said, “We live in a day characterized by the multiplication of man’s machinery and the diminution of God’s power. The great cry of our day is work, work, work! Organise, organise, organise! Give us some new society! Tell us some new methods! Devise some new machinery! But the great need of our day is prayer, more prayer and better prayer.”
One survey in the USA suggests that pastors on average pray 22 minutes per day and in mainline churches, it is less than that. If pastors in western nations are praying 22 minutes per day, what are their congregational members doing?
The great English preacher Sidlow Baxter said, “I have pastored only 3 churches in my more than 60 years of ministry. We had revival in every one. Not one of them came as a result of my preaching. They came as a result of the membership entering into a covenant to pray until revival came. And it did come, every time.”
The Call of God on your life will not come about just because you wish it into being but because you position yourself for it. The most important position you need to be in is the posture of prayer. You can read about it, preach about it, talk about it and think about it but do you actually do it? People who walk in their call pray the price. Will you pay the price to walk in your call?