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Prayer & Church Communications

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At the end of last year, my church hosted its annual missions conference. During the conference, I had the opportunity to hear from men and women who we partner with as they serve in the hard places. In a meeting with one of these men regarding a potential future in-person opportunity, I was given the assignment to read Quiet Talks on Prayer by S.D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon.

So I began this year reading that very book with the thought that it would be preparing me for this one mission opportunity. What I didn't expect is that I would run into some highly convicting words about the place we give prayer and the place we give practical, tangible work. For me and others in the field of church communications I think these very true words are extremely challenging because they remind or reveal that our strategy, creativity, design, etc. alone are the weakest tools we possess.

Here are a couple quotes from the book that have personally impacted me:

There are some of our friends who think themselves of the practical sort who say, “the great thing is work: prayer is good, and right, but the great need is to be doing something practical.” The truth is that when one understands about prayer, and puts prayer in its right place in his life, he finds a new motive power burning in his bones to be doing; and further he finds that it is the doing that grows out of praying that is mightiest in touching human hearts. And he finds further yet with a great joy that he may be doing something for an entire world. His service becomes as broad as his Master’s thought.
And when these things are put in their proper order, prayer first, and the other things second; second, I say, not omitted, not slurred over; done with all the earnestness and power of brain and hand and heart possible; but done after the victory has been won in secret, against the real foe, and done while the winner is still claiming the victory already assured,—then will come far greater achievements in this outer open service.

You can download Quiet Talks on Prayer by S.D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon on Kindle for free here. I highly commend this book to you. Add it to your reading list for this year.

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