Quotes from Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper. These quotes are from the chapter, “Brothers, Let us Pray” (53-58)
Prayer is the coupling of primary and secondary causes. It is the splicing of our limp wire to the lightning bolt of heaven. How astonishing it is that God wills to do His work through people. It is doubly astonishing that He ordains to fulfill His plans by being asked to do so by us.
A pastor who feels competent in himself to produce eternal fruit, which is the only kind that matters, knows neither God nor himself. A pastor who does not know the rhythm of desperation and deliverance must have his sights only on what man can achieve. But brothers, the proper goals of the life of a pastor are unquestionable beyond our reach. The changes we long for in the hearts of our people can happen only by a sovereign work of grace….We are called to labor for that which is God’s alone to give. The essence of the Christian ministry is that its success is not within our reach.
It is un-American to be so impractical as to devote oneself to prayer and meditation two hours a day.