What if there was no such thing as prayer?

About 2 years ago I read the story of Francis Schaeffer and the L’abri community. This was one of those paragraphs that changed my entire paradigm of ministry. Edith Schaeffer (Francis’s wife) writes:

“We were going back with an expectation of something rather special, with an excitement to see what “God will do”. We had done quite a lot of thinking and self-examining over the previous few years. It seemed to us that so much of Christianity was being spread by advertising designed to “put across” something, and that there was very little genuine recognition of the existence of the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. One morning at Chalet Bijou’s breakfast table, Fran had said to me, “Supposing we had awakened today to find everything concerning the Holy Spirit and prayer removed from the Bible – that is, not removed the way liberals would remove it, but that God had somehow really removed everything about prayer and the Holy Spirit from the Bible. What difference would it make practically between the way we worked yesterday and the way we would work today, and tomorrow? What difference would it make in the majority of Christians’ practical work and plans? Aren’t most plans laid out ahead of time? Isn’t much work done by human talent, energy and clever ideas? Where does the supernatural power of God have a real place? p64-65

What difference would it make to my daily life/campus ministry/future plans/missional living if there was no such thing as prayer? I expect it would give me perhaps a few more minutes in the day to read a book, have a cup of coffee or clip my toenails. But most days no real difference!

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~ by John on May 18, 2008.

One Response to “What if there was no such thing as prayer?”

  1. […] Neil the Youth Worker wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptAbout 2 years ago I read the story of Francis Schaeffer and the L’abri community. This was one of those paragraphs that changed my entire paradigm of ministry. Edith Schaeffer (Francis’s wife) writes: “We were going back with an … […]

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