“We are constantly on a stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the church and secure enlargement and efficiency for the gospel. … What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations of more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use – men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men – men of prayer.”
- E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer
We firmly believe that prayer is not an optional part of the Christian life, nor is it a joyless duty to which we are bound; rather, prayer is an essential part of a consistent, intimate relationship with God to which we are privileged as believers. When God saves us, He calls us into fellowship with Himself (1 Corinthians 1:9).
For some of us, prayer is simply something you do before you eat; for others, it is something you know you should do, but find rather boring; and for others, it may be something you’ve heard about, but aren’t really sure how to do it or what to say.
Because prayer is part of a two-way relationship, we don’t simply come to God to talk to Him and tell Him what we want, but we do it in response to what we hear Him saying as we spend time in His Word. This is exactly what led Navigator founder Dawson Trotman to invite friends to pray with him for two hours every morning in 1931. Dawson had read Jeremiah 33:3: “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
In response to what He read, He wanted to trust God to answer that promise to show him great and hidden things. They prayed, asking God to fulfill that promise for them. For 42 days they prayed God to use them mightily with the boys they taught in Sunday school, to reach southern California where they lived, with men from each state in the US, and as their faith grew, in every country in the world. Four years later Dawson realized that God had begun to answer that prayer when he realized that a sailor from every state had been through his home in ministry to them. It was only a few more years before God began to use Dawson’s life for worldwide influence – a prayer God is still answering through the Navigator ministry today.
Here at UNK we desire to follow in these footsteps as men and women of prayer, enjoying fellowship and communion with Him, and trusting Him to fulfill His promises through us.