Just over one hundred years ago, E. M. Bounds began his influential book Power Through Prayer by calling the Christian community of his day to abandon their reliance upon the latest church growth "techniques" and to concentrate instead on communing with Christ by way of massive doses of Word and prayer. Bounds insisted,
The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men....What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use-men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men-men of prayer. (11)
Dr. Guy M. Richard is senior minister of First Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Issue: "Jesus Among other Christs" May/June 2009 Vol. 18 No. 3 Page number(s): 47-48
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