Those in the early church recognized the importance of prayer. Throughout the Book of Acts we see how Peter, as well as the other apostles, appointed seven men to oversee the daily distribution of food. They did this so they were able to give themselves “to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4). If we look at the life of Christ, we see He often withdrew to the wilderness to pray. It was because of His steadfast devotion to be in close, intimate contact with the Father that He was able to perform His works. We must recognise that the source of the continual flow of power available for us to operate in, to do the work of the Lord, lies in our regular, intimate communion with Him and His Word. Just as Jesus, the apostles in the early church, and other great men and women of God recognised the power earnest, sincere prayer makes available; we need to acknowledge its importance in our lives too. Our personal, intimate connection with the Lord moves us from a place of being a hireling in His kingdom, to a son and daughter, working in un-broken fellowship, and partnership with Him. If we are prayer-less in this day and age, we will be both unfulfilled and powerless in all we do.