Many years ago the churches of America were equipped at the front of the church with altars, which were the spiritual pillars that supported the spiritual framework of the church. Some still have them today, but many have rearranged the spiritual furniture of the church and many an altar has collected dust.

Many years ago the churches of America were equipped at the front of the church with altars, which were the spiritual pillars that supported the spiritual framework of the church. Some still have them today, but many have rearranged the spiritual furniture of the church and many an altar has collected dust.
Some have forgotten, in the church, the power of prayer. God’s great plan for the redemption of mankind depends upon prayer. Today many in the church don’t really understand its true value, the vital impact it can have on any situation. Too many programs now occupy the position prayer once took.
Many still say prayers in the church, but these are many times so superficial that there is so little fire in them to have real power.
We live as we pray, and many have made prayer only a habit to pray as they live. The church, in many cases, has become so worldly that they don’t see the real benefit of prayer, and it’s just too much “hard work” when there is other means to take care of needs.
The days of a prosperous church has caused it to forget the effect of praying and taking the time and extended hours put in to see prayer reveal its mighty ability to bring an answer from heaven. The Bible says the effectual prayers of a righteous man availeth much.
There’s a big gap there.
The effectual prayers have ceased and been replaced, but this will not endure forever. The days are changing because the world is turning on the church. The altar will need to be dusted off because God will require it. The lack of prayer will soon be gone, and fervent prayer is going have to return because the church is going to need to return to its knees in the days ahead.

Mark Taylor is president of KNEO Radio — 91.7 FM. He is available to speak at churches and events. Contact him at mtaylor@ kneo.org. Follow him on Twitter @kneo91.