“No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. 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.” By: Leonard Ravenhill
Ravenhill was brought up in a home where prayer was a common event. It began with his mother who prayed at his birth, “Lord, make this boy a preacher or don’t let him live.” That is a bold prayer, but one that brought many answers. He was surrounded by people who prayed. “They prayed with tears, they prayed with brokenness. They prayed for a lost world, then they began to pray for the nations I knew little about.”
Toward the end of his life, there were seminary students who wanted Ravenhill to pass on his “mantle” to them. In response to their request he said, “Everyone wants to have my mantle, but nobody wants my sackcloth and ashes.” I am afraid that the same attitude exists today. Many want the position those who have gone before had, but we are unwilling to walk in the same sandals with the same heart and commitment.
Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries, Bethany House, 1987, page 7.
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