Prayer is the source of the Christian life, a Christian’s lifeline. Otherwise it’s like having a baby in our arms and dressing her up so cute — but she’s not breathing. Never mind the frilly clothes, check the child’s vital signs. It does no good to talk to someone in a comatose state. That’s why the great emphasis on teaching in today’s churches is producing such limited results. Teaching is good only where there’s life to be channeled. If the listeners are in a spiritual coma, what we’re telling them may be fine and orthodox, but unfortunately spiritual life cannot be taught.
Jim Cymbala in Fresh Wind Fresh Fire (page 50); Zondervan, 1997