Monday, November 1, 2021
The one consistent theme of the REAL church in the book of Acts is prayer. The early believers in Jesus Christ understood the need for constant communication with Him. They were devoted to intimacy with Christ. They praised the Father in all things. The most important ministries of the church were prayer and the teaching of Scripture. They knew that prayer was essential because it was the only way to see life from God’s perspective.
Acts 1:12-14. “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.”
Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Acts 4:24 “When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.”
Acts 4:31 “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
Acts 6:3-4 “Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
There are 29 more references to prayer in the book of Acts that reveal its importance as a foundation to the spiritual vitality of our church. Stephen prayed while he was being stoned. Paul and Silas prayed while in prison. Peter prayed and was directed to take the Gospel to the Gentiles. The church earnestly prayed while Peter was in prison, and he was set free. The church prayed about sending out missionaries. Paul and Barnabas knew that prayer had to be the foundational activity of every church they planted. Paul and Barnabas appointed elders in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
It is very obvious that in a REAL church there is a priority activity that needs to captivate our involvement, and it is prayer. May I suggest a way for you to get started?
- Choose a minimum of 5 minute time every day that you will commit to pray for the ministry of Calvary (or your own church if you do not attend here).
- Every day at that time, pray for the following things:
- That every person who attends the church would be living out the Great Commandment in every part of their lives, loving God above all else, and loving each other with His love.
- That every person who attends the church would in some way fulfill the Great Commission by being a Holy Spirit empowered witness of Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
- That every ministry of the church would accomplish two purposes: equipping each person to fulfill the first two objectives just mentioned, and providing an entrance point for unsaved people to meet Jesus.
Are you ready? I am! In prayer we surrender to the purpose of God, we are strengthened by the power of God, and we are supplied with the provision of God. The Holy Spirit has been given the church as His temple of residence, and when the foundation of our ministry is to fulfill that spiritual purpose, then God will provide all the rest that we need to do His work.