Prayer: So Easy To Talk About, Yet So Tough To Do (Part 1)

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Almost twenty-five years ago, I read an interview of David Yongi Cho in Charisma Magazine which really bummed me out. It was a long interview which dealt with his life and founding of the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, which then had 700,000 members.

What particularly bummed me out was when the interviewer asked: “Will America ever have a church as large as Yoido Full Gospel Church?”

“No,” replied Cho, “because Americans aren’t willing to pay the price in prayer that it takes to build a large church like Yoido.”

Slap! His words felt like a glove slap to my face, challenging me to a duel.

I readily admit to being full of myself at the time because I prayed 3 to 4 hours each day which is what Cho and his 400 elders averaged. So, I thought: “All I need to do is find a few believers like me who enjoy praying and voilà! America will have a large church.”

Well, after journeying over hundreds of miles of life’s back roads and through more than enough deep valleys, I have arrived at this conclusion: Cho was right. America will never have a church like Yoido Full Gospel, which now has over 1 million members.

“What?” you proclaim, picking up your gloves, readying to slap my face. “Do you still believe that the Lord’s house is called to be a house of prayer?

“Yes, I do,” I reply, keeping my eyes on your hands.

“Then what’s your problem?” you say through clenched teeth, still ready to slap me.

I shrug. “It’s a long story. Do you really want to hear it?” I whisper.

So, over the next few weeks, I will write on prayer. Some of the articles will deal with my prayer heroes. Some will deal with the mistakes of different prayer movements. Some will deal with my mistakes and lessons I’ve learned about prayer.

But hopefully, we will all end up trusting and loving the Lord more than we do now.

(Continued in Part 2)

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11 responses to “Prayer: So Easy To Talk About, Yet So Tough To Do (Part 1)

  1. This is going to be good .. .slaps and all. Thank you and God bless you, Mr. Larry!

  2. Debbie,

    Oops! A little humor seeped through today. Thanks for noticing.

  3. We need humor! 🙂

  4. If Christians in America (as well as Australia!) were prepared to suffer and die for the faith as were our South Korean bros and sis maybe we would see million-member churches. Looking forward to reading more.

  5. Honestly, i don’t care if we have a million member church, i just want a church with live members – I am looking forward to your prayer articles!

  6. Roger,

    Thanks. We Americans don’t mind suffering for the faith as long as it’s in a different country.

  7. Ben,

    Actually, I agree with you, but I wouldn’t mind being a part of a 250,000 member prayer group.

  8. Maybe it’s because Christianity in America costs nothing. People tend to value greater the things that cost them dearly. But that ifs the Christianity that is preached from the pulpits in churches all over America.

  9. Tony,

    Good point. I agree with you.

  10. Oh I look forward to this! I admire your prayer life!

  11. kingintraining,

    Thanks. I appreciate your kind words.

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