I’m almost finished with the book Thirty Years That Changed the World by Michael Green. I’ve posted quite a few quotes from this book over the past few weeks. There is so much good stuff in the book and I highly recommend it to you.
The following quote is part of Green’s discussion on the role of prayer in the early church. He gives this as a personal illustration, reflecting on the lack of real prayer in many western churches and western Christians. At the time, Green was in Ghana. When they returned from one of their evangelistic outreaches, a Ghanaian student gave this report.
Just before the service ended, the pastor called me back into the pulpit and asked me to share my experience as an evangelist in Ghana. Often I am hesitant to do so because I feel people in North America are not ready for such experiences, and also being a woman I do not know how they would respond. However, I shared briefly with them what we do in Ghana, and indeed in all of Africa. Person to person evangelism is a daily practice. Prayer meetings, with fasting, take more than half of our preparation time for evangelistic outreaches. I mentioned that we engage in what we call spiritual warfare, and when the battle is won in the spiritual realm and the bondages are broken, the physical battle is much easier than we think, and people are ready to come to the Lord. I also shared with them that every Friday the whole nation is covered in prayer from 10 pm to 4 am. We call it “all-night prayer” – and so it is, except for some minutes’ coffee break to keep intercessors awake. Almost all evangelical churches in Ghana have it on their program.
– Thirty Years That Changed the World by Michael Green
I have to say my prayer life pales in comparison. How about yours?