Apostle Paul is renowned to be an effective, if not the most effective disciple of Jesus Christ, but before he started on his commission of preaching and proving that Jesus is the Christ (Acts 9:20,22), the Bible records that, after Saul encountered the Lord Jesus Christ, he abstained from any food or water (Acts 9:9) and he prayed (Acts 9:11).
While growing up, I remember reading the following phrase on a plaque, “The best exercise to the soul is to get down on your knees”. Recently, my beloved wife, Sangeetha Johnson shared with her friends, the following quote “Send Jesus a Knee-mail and He will love it”. All these reflect the fact that Prayer is crucially important. Jesus has the words of eternal life (John 6:68) and unless we pray and talk to him, (abstaining from all the temporary satisfaction of their live), how can we get those words to pass on.
Prayer is a pre-requisite to preaching and proving that Jesus is the Lord.
Acts 9:11 (KJV)
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,