How does God convince sinners that they need a Saviour?
God makes Himself known through the preaching of His Gospel.
The apostle Paul asked some relevant questions: “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14
Must preaching the Word of God take priority?
God has many channels by which He communicates the Gospel to needy people. The spoken Word is His primary method.
Preaching can be short and simple and preaching can be lengthy and complex.
Paul summarises the Gospel in eight words: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” 1 Timothy 1:15
That is the core message of the Bible. Preaching that message is vital for the human race.
Every one of us needs God to make us into new people by the Holy Spirit working in us through the Lord Jesus Christ. To hear “the Word preached” is essential. Hebrews 4:2.
Where does praying come in?
Is prayer less important than preaching? Is it equally important with preaching?
Neither. It is much more important than preaching. Much more.
In the early church, the preaching of the Gospel had an amazing effect on its hearers. God saved thousands through the apostles’ preaching.
What preceded that powerful preaching recorded in the early chapters of Acts?
Prayer. Prayer. And more prayer.
When a practical matter threatened to claim their attention, the apostles insisted that they must give themselves, “Continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.” Acts 6:4. Giving priority to prayer gained power in their preaching.
Must praying always take precedence over preaching?
Absolutely. Preaching without praying is preaching without power.
Every preacher needs an infusion of the power of the Holy Spirit if he is to preach effectively. Only in close communion with God can he receive that potential. Without it, his preaching will be both weak and useless.
After the American athlete Billy Sunday was converted in 1886, he became an evangelist. He said, “If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power.”
Why was the Lord Jesus Christ effective in His earthly ministry?
Prayer. Constant communion with His Father.
“In the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Mark 1:35
What did He do before He appointed His twelve apostles?
“It came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles.” Luke 6: 12,13.
What did He do the night before He rescued the disciples on the stormy lake? “He departed to the mountain to pray.” Mark 6:46.
What did Jesus do before He set out on that great final journey to Jerusalem?
“He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered.” Luke 9:28,29.
Powerful praying is crucial for powerful preaching.
Disregard that fact and our declaration of the Gospel is a waste of time.
How many of our churches invest heavily in technology and techniques?
Do we similarly invest heavily in praying?
Are we absolutely convinced that the best of human ingenuity is no replacement for prayer?
Gene Jackson, a former Assemblies of God minister in the USA, wrote, “The Book never changes. God never moves. He stays eternally the same. The address where we meet Him will be forever unchanged. It is an altar of prayer! If we don’t pray until we get right with God, forget the reorganization.”
The apostles gave themselves, “Continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.” Acts 6:4
If we don’t have time to pray, we don’t have time to preach.
“Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1
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