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Over the years I have asked myself this question many times: at what point does the power of God break through into the life of the Church? The only conclusion I can come to is this: it breaks through at the point of prayer. God’s empowering surges like a mighty ocean just waiting to find a point at which it can break through into the life of every Christian community. But the only point where it can break through is the point of prayer. When we pray a little then a little of God’s power breaks through; when we pray a lot then a lot of His power breaks through. It is as simple as that. One preacher put it like this: ‘It is not that prayer has been tried and found wanting. It is rather that it has not really been tried.’ (Selwyn Hughes)