Taken from S.D. Gordon’s Quiet Talks on Prayer now 110 years old:
The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; not those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean these people who take time and pray. They have not time. It must be taken from something else. This something else is important, and pressing than prayer. There are people that put prayer first, and group the other items in life’s schedule around and after prayer.
These are the people today who are doing the most for God; in winning souls; in solving problems; in awakening churches; in supplying both people and money for mission posts; in keeping fresh and strong these lives far off in sacrificial service…in keeping the old earth sweet awhile longer.
It is wholly a secret service. We do not know who these people are, though sometimes shrewd guesses may be made. I often think that sometimes we pass some plain-looking woman quietly slipping out of church…and we hardly ever give her a passing thought, and do not know, nor guess, that perhaps she is the one who is doing far more for her church, and for the world, and for God than a hundred who would claim more attention and thought, because she prays; truly prays as the Spirit of God inspires and guides.
Let me put it this way: God will do as a result of the praying of the humblest one here what otherwise He would not do. Yes, I can make it stronger, for the Book does. Listen: God will do in answer to the prayer of the weakest one here what otherwise he could not do.