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What is it about prayer that links it to preaching? Why would a person like Martin Luther set down as a spiritual axiom that "he who has prayed well has studied well"? Why would E. M. Bounds, the great Methodist preacher and pray-er of a century ago, say, "The character of our praying will determine the character of our preaching. Light praying makes light preaching… . Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still"?

In touch with God

Prayer gets us in touch with God, causing us to swing like a needle to the pole of the Spirit. It gives us focus, unity, purpose. We discover serenity, the unshakable firmness of life orientation. Prayer opens us to the subterranean sanctuary of the soul where we hear the Qol Yahweh, the voice of the Lord. It puts fire into our words and compassion into our spirits. It fills our walk and talk with new life and light. We begin to live out the demands of our day perpetually bowed in worship and adoration.

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Pascal Ngwe

August 22, 2013  4:33am

Profoundly helpful, I'm intending to share this with my ministry team. Thank you Richard

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Christopher Delmadge

January 19, 2011  3:50pm

Very encouraging. Thank You.

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Dean Barham

October 18, 2009  4:25pm

Foster reminds us again in this excellent piece that often the simplest wisdom is the most critical to life.

Philip Edwards

September 19, 2007  12:00am

Richard Foster is always refreshing to read. I have always enjoyed his call to go deeper and become God centred. This article on 'How prayer brings authority' is to be digest by all, especially by preachers.

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