Many Christians often view prayer as an emergency call to God. While we are here on earth the foundation of our fellowship with God is prayer. Our fellowship with God through prayer is not limited only to times when we have a pressing need or burden. God wants us to communicate with Him throughout each day. As we begin our day, we can ask Him to give us wisdom and strength for whatever the day holds. Throughout the day we can ask for help as we deal with difficult situations. And as we end our day, we can praise Him for his love for us that carried us through the day and prepares us for the night.
A church's corporate prayer life will never rise above the personal prayer lives of those who make up the church. In other words, there is no such thing as a praying church. There is only such a thing as a church of praying people. Whatever we want our church to be around prayer, we must be personally praying because it is the collection of all of us together making up the 'body of Christ' that provides the level of corporate prayer in our church.
There was no such thing as a powerful church in the early days of the church without prayer, just as there will never be such a thing as a powerful church in our day without prayer. When we trace the life of the powerful Church of Jesus Christ from its beginning until now, we discover that all the great awakenings and revivals were fueled by the power of prayer. God uses the prayers of His people to work powerfully in individual lives and in entire nations. Prayer makes a godly man, and puts him in the mind of Christ, the mind of humility, of self-surrender, or service, of pity, and of prayer.
“Prayer makes a godly man and puts within him the mind of Christ, the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more like God, or else we will quit praying.” E. M. Bounds.
“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” Corrie Ten Boom.