No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying.
-Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994), Why Revival Tarries
In this passage of Scripture, Jesus is relating the power of prayer and fasting to our heavenly treasures. Many times we use Matthew 6:19-21 as an instruction for offerings, which is valuable. However, Jesus connects prayer and our heavenly investment. In Why Revival Tarries, Ravenhill says, Prayer is to the believer what capital is to the businessman.
Capital in this sense is wealth or property that is used or invested to produce more wealth. Capital is also the money with which a business is started. Our prayer life is one of the investments we make into our heavenly bank account, and the return on our investment is souls. We sow intercession and reap changed lives.
Jude 1:23, says we ought to snatch men’s souls from the fire. In our prayer time we are affected by the Holy Spirit to intercede on behalf of the lost; we receive supernatural compassion for the lost; and we receive urgency for the hour.
Having a consistent prayer life is less about presenting your checklist of “needs and wants” before God, but rather depositing a heavenly investment for eternal rewards. The more you pray, the more you deposit. The more you pray, the more the Holy Spirit imparts compassion and urgency for the lost. The more you pray, the more you begin to participate in a life of evangelism. The more you pray, the more return in souls saved you will see. Who are you praying for today? How can you spend more time in passionate prayer for the lost?