Maintenance Prayer vs. Frontline Prayer

Greg Strand – July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Maintenance prayer meetings are short, mechanical and totally focused on physical needs inside the church or on personal needs of the people present. But frontline prayer has three basic traits:

  • a request for grace to confess sins and humble ourselves
  • a compassion and zeal for the flourishing of the church, and
  • a yearning to know God, to see His face, to see His glory.

Tim Keller, “Kingdom-centered Prayer,” Redeemer Report, January 2006.

(Note: Original share via email May 2012)

Greg Strand

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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