A certain preacher, whose sermons converted many souls, received a revelation from God. It was not his sermons or works, but the prayers of an illiterate lay brother who sat on the pulpit steps pleading for the success of the sermon that brought men to the Lord.
This could be the case with us as well. It may be that after laboring long and wearily, without good prayer, all honor belongs to another builder whose prayers were gold, silver and precious stones, while our sermonizing, being apart from prayer, are but hay and stubble. —Charles Spurgeon*
*E.M. Bounds, Praying That Receives Answers, p. 113.