E. M. Bounds in the chapter, Men of Prayer are Needed, makes a statement that should cause the church to stop and think carefully about where our focus is today. He said, “The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.” Bounds goes on to note that men such as John the Baptist prepared the way and ushered in the Savior of the world, Christ our Lord. “Paul appeals to the personal character of men who planted the gospel in the world. The glory and efficiency of the gospel is staked on the men who proclaim it.” (The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, Prince Press, 2000, page 447-449).
“Better men” are not defined by organizational standards. They are defined by how closely they walk with God in their prayer life. “The real sermon is made in the closet. The man – God’s man – is made in the closet. His life and his profoundest convictions were born in his secret communion with God…Prayer makes the man. Every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God’s work and is powerless to project God’s cause in this world.”
As we consider the crying need for faithful men and women to carry the gospel into God’s harvest field, let us first examine our prayer life. Then we will have power with God in fulfilling His plan and purpose that “this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations (ethnos), and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).
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