Where Are The Men of Prayer?

I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting (1 Tim 2:8)

Where are the John Wesleys who said, “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and we will shake the gates of hell?” Where are the David Brainerds who spent so much time in prayer that even the great Jonathan Edwards was convicted? Where are the Robert Murray McCheynes who, even though he died at age twenty-nine, was one of Scotland’s most anointed preachers—causing people to weep before even preaching a word (not emotionalism, but anointing)? Where are the Spurgeons who spoke with such authority that his sermons are read more today than ever before? Where are the D.L. Moodys who brought America to her knees? Where are the Evan Roberts’ who, during the Welsh Revivals of 1904-5, preached so powerfully against sin that people cried out, “No more, Lord Jesus, or I’ll die”? Where are the Puritans like Richard Baxter, who said with such humility, “I speak as a dying man to dying men”


Where are men with uncompromising power and authority in the pulpits today? Granted, there are some, and I appreciate their ministry, but as a whole, the church is lacking. The one thing that all of the great men previously mentioned had is the one thing that many are lacking—authority and the power of prayer. They were men of extraordinary prayer, brokenness, and humility. Men filled and clothed with power from on high. The men who do the most for God are always men of prayer. “Preaching, in one sense, merely discharges the firearm that God has loaded in the silent place” (Calvin Miller). “Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire” (D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones).

  • God, give us men of prayer like these! May our pastors and leaders be men of prayer! If you would be gracious to hear this cry, even during Call2Fall this July and in the Solemn Assemblies to follow, bring thousands of men into a new understanding of Nation-changing prayer. Grip their hearts; conscript them for you highest calling in the secret place. Raise up men who will be warriors, and who, conferring with you, will win epochal victories over the powers of darkness in this hour. In Jesus’ Name, Amen


Pastor Shane Idleman


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