Praying the price (part 2)

Are we praying the price?

David Watson, whose book Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery I featured here, once asked his top 100 church planters–those who were starting at least 20 churches per year–a series of questions to find out the common elements among them. They found many similar factors, but there was only one present in every team: a high commitment to prayer.

Here’s what is described in the book:

These leaders spent an average of three hours per day in personal prayer. They spent another three hours in prayer with their teams every day. These leaders were not all full-time religious leaders. In fact, most of them had regular jobs. They started their days at 4:00 a.m., and by 10:00 a.m. were at work.

These top performers also spent one day per week in fasting and prayer. The whole team spent one weekend per month in fasting and prayer.

One group had started more than 500 churches the previous year.

I’m not talking about legalism here; we cannot earn a move of God. But I firmly believe we will not see the move of God we long for in this country without praying the price.

Children praying

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  • Marsha Farmer

    Another timely encouragement and confirmation to what God as been speaking to us about here in England. We are being challenge to pray the price! Some are rising to the challenge we have our first ‘watch’ coming up in a two weeks. We’ll met from 9pm until we sense the Lord say ‘ok get some sleep!’.
    Personally I’m desperate for God to move in our nation, especially among the young people. Its so encouraging to hear what has worked for those that have experienced a move of God.

  • Jeff Herron

    I hung onto a reminder of this post for a year, because I knew it was important but not something I was quite ready for. I’ve just finished reading Watson’s book and I’m only commenting today to say that I am convinced of the need for us to “pray the price”. We are beginning this great labor of love here in our area in northern Kentucky, in anticipation of seeing God move powerfully in people’s hearts. Soli Deo gloria!