Baldwin writes: "As far as King was concerned, he was involved in essentially a "spiritual movement" and not simply a struggle for equal rights, social justice, and peace; this invariably meant prayer and praying, much like the spiritual discipline of nonviolence, had to be for him a daily activity and a total way of life. Otherwise, the quest to redeem and transform the moral and political spirit of the nation and of humanity as a whole would ultimately prove futile and perhaps even counterproductive." (Baldwin, 68)
- the peace and justice movement championed by Jesus and His followers is essentially spiritual, not secular.
- praying must be a daily activity
- praying must be a total way of life (cmp. Dallas Willard's idea that "prayer" is talking with God about what He and I are doing together)
- without the ongoing, empowering conversational prayer-relationship with God all that we do is futile
- indeed, without the daily, vital prayer-relationship with God our merely human, prayerless (hence godless) efforts will even work against the plans and purposes of God