One of the biggest problems facing the Church today is that it has grown to rely upon programs of man rather than the power of God. We have become far more reliant on our programs and have often belittled the importance of prayer. This is actually very serious and very dangerous because it causes us to rely on our own strength (which always fails us) instead of the power of God (which never fails).
No program of any church can be consistently successful without the strong backing of prayer. Sure, a program or strategy might lead to fruit and success for a time without prayer, but it will not produce lasting fruit or success without the strong backing of prayer and intercession. It is such a dangerous thing that many churches have done when they, whether intentionally or unintentionally, began to rely more on the programs of man than prayer and the power of God.
Without prayer, the programs of man are just grasping at straws. Without the power of God, all of our programs, plans, and agendas are just wastes of time. We in this society have become really good at talking and using the right words at the right time. Yet, God said that His kingdom is not a kingdom of words but a kingdom of power (1 Cor. 4:20). Sometimes, we talk so much that we literally talk ourselves to death.
I do not mean that talking is altogether bad. But I do mean that we spend so much more time analyzing, discussing, talking, and evaluating problems and how to solve them than we do praying, pressing in, interceding, and listening to the voice of God for His solutions. To what avail? We talk about how to solve the problems of the world, but do we invite God into our conversations?
It frustrates me when I see the Church go around the same circles over and over again, slapping a new face and a new name onto an old strategy or program. Some have said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. How much insanity has crept into the Church?
Maybe if we spent as much time praying as we did programming, we would actually see change. Maybe if we gathered together in unity and put aside our differences to come together in a united front of consistent prayer, worship, intercession, and devotion, we would actually see transformation. Maybe if we repented of our pride, rebellion, and idolatry, we would actually see revival in our midst.
Talking about problems doesn’t change things. Developing man-made programs to fix the problems doesn’t change things. Coming together in unity through prayer, repentance, and worship—now that, my friends, is what changes things.
Let’s join together in unity and humility, trusting that God will bring the increase.