Our Daily Bread, December 12
That's precisely what happens to a church when its leaders don't pray&md;its ministry becomes powerless and ineffective. E. M. Bounds emphasized the need for a ministry of prayer within the church when he wrote, "It may be laid down as an axiom, that God needs, first of all, leaders in the church, who will be first in prayer, men with whom prayer is habitual and characteristic, men who know the primacy of prayer. But even more than a habit of prayer, and more than prayer being characteristic of them, church leaders are to be men whose lives are made and molded by prayer, whose heart and life are made up of prayer. These are the men&md;the only men&md;God can use in the furtherance of his kingdom and the implanting of His message in the hearts of men.