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Do you remember what got Daniel thrown into the lions’ den? Do you recall the radical, treasonous act that precipitated his sudden fall from darling of King Darius to panther bait? It was prayer—specifically, falling to his knees three times a day in praise and supplication to God (Daniel 6:10).
I have come to believe that one of the most revolutionary things the church could do in our age would be to follow Daniel’s example—to recommit ourselves to the transformative practice of daily prayer, to reclaim and recover this ancient and abiding gift and calling of the people of God. I can think of nothing with greater potential for renewing the church and revitalizing its mission and ministry.
This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.
David Gambrell is associate for worship in the Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and editor of Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching, and the Arts (www.pcusa.org/calltoworship). He is a candidate for the Ph.D. in liturgical studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
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