1Cor 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power., 1Thess 1:5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power
Ministers are accountable both for what they do and teach; without prayer, the Word is just LIGHT without HEAT (power). Our generation want power without labor in prayer. Jesus while here on earth one day took with Him Peter, James and John up on the mount of transfiguration to pray, Luk 9:28. As Jesus prayed, the other three were struggling to stay awake for they were very sleepy. Later when fully awake, they became mesmerized by the appearance of Elijah and Moses to Jesus, and they wished they built tents for the three perhaps as a reason to stay up on the mountain. This was a good experience and should be desired, but “Too many of us today prefer the supernatural display on the mountain of transfiguration to the agony of watching and praying in the garden of Gethsemane”, David Wilkerson. What is to be an addition has become a substitute.
Those who are praying may not be known, or be in the spotlight but they have power. We appreciate trees for their beauty and fruits, however, their lives are in the roots out of sight. Many preachers are appreciated for what they did. If we dug deep to discover the success of their ministries, we come to learn that it was not how gifted they were (are) that paved the way, but their prayer lives as the root digging deep and deeper to display the quality of life and ministries we enjoy. One man praying is better than ten men preaching without power.