The Worship Quote of the Week for (10/09/2001):

Church at Prayer
Is prayer just an optional activity for us in our busy spiritual lives?
Todayís WORSHIP QUOTE touches on the centrality of prayer in Christian life
and worship.


THE CHURCH AT PRAYER
Prayer can no more be divorced from worship than life can be divorced from
breathing. If we follow his impulse, the Holy Spirit will always lead us to
pray. When we allow him to work freely, he will always bring the Church to
extensive praying. Conversely, when the Spirit is absent, we will find
excuses not to pray. We may say, "God understands. He knows I love him. But
Iím tired . . . Iím so busy . . . Itís just not convenient now . . ." When
the Spirit is absent, our excuses always seem right, but in the presence of
the Spirit our excuses fade away . . .
God often uses something external to bring the Church to her knees. We
ought to see it as the kindness of God when he allows trouble to drive us to
prayer.
. . . I long for the Christian Church to give more time to disciplined
prayer. It is not always exciting, but without it, there will be no spiritual
life and no worship of any kind.

ó R. T. Kendall. WORSHIPPING GOD: REDISCOVERING THE FULL DIMENSION OF
WORSHIP. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1999 edition with new forward by Darlene
Zschech, p. 88-89. ISBN 0 340 74588 6

[If you donít seem to have time to pray, then pray.]

Have a great week.


Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky
carlstam@aol.com
www.carlstam.org
www.sbts.edu