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Quit Nodding Your Head

 —  November 13, 2013 — 4 Comments

In ministry? Take part in a church?

Think about what that means.

Really, really think about it.

To help, lean into this wild observation and dare from the late preacher and author, Leonard Ravenhill:

revival“We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.”

- from Why Revival Tarries

There is a prayerlessness in the church that you and I nod our heads at but often do nothing about. Derwin Gray calls this ministry pornography – you’re trying to meet a need artificially that only Jesus can grow.

So your success in ministry today it’s not about how many followers you have to your idea or vision statement, but about how many prayer warriors you develop who depend on Jesus and follow Him.

Now… quit nodding your head, and go bend your knees.

(Have a thought on how we could pray more effectively? Share it here.)

Tony Myles

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Tony Myles is a youth ministry veteran, author, speaker, volunteer youth worker and lead pastor of Connection Church in Medina, Ohio... and he really likes smoothies.

4 responses to Quit Nodding Your Head

  1. Thank you for the call to prayer. Prayer is solely needed. There are things that only the Holy Spirit can do.

  2. One of our biggest blessings is the fact that we have a prayer warrior base for our youth ministry. We have a few parents and elders of the church who are committed to praying for us and let us know that they are doing so.

    Also, on Thursdays we get together with other youth leaders in the region to pray for our teens, our schools and our ministries. Unity will always defeat the enemy.

    And we commit to get together one Saturday a month as youth leaders to encourage one another and pray. We are all in this together– fighting side by side in prayer!

    • Tony Myles

      That’s awesome, Holly. I really like the idea of youth leaders coming together on this… it makes a huge impact with ripples that everyone probably doesn’t even fully realize. Way to go on this!

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