Praying Like The Early Church

I really get excited when I hear talk about the prayer meeting, I love being involved in corporate prayer, I love to listen to fellow brother and sisters praying in unity and with passion, lifting their prayer up to the Lord. I love to be taught how to pray, I learn by their examples, why do you think the disciples said to Jesus ” teach us to pray” In Luke 11:1 we read It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” They heard Him pray time after time, I could only imagine they said “I want to do that!”

In Genesis 4:26 it said “Then men began to call upon the name of the LORD” We should have a desire to call on His name and take hold of the Lord to grasp Him in prayer, look at Isaiah 64: 7 There is no one who calls on Your name, Who arouses himself to take hold of You; Things happen when Churches pray together, we can feed off of each others prayers and as the Holy Spirit moves us to call out to the Lord.

I looked at the book of Acts and all throughout it the Church prayed together.

Acts 1:14 These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Even in Acts 3:1 Peter and John continued to go to the temple to pray at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer.

Look at Acts 4. When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O Lord, it is You who MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM, 25 who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said, ‘WHY DID THE GENTILES RAGE, AND THE PEOPLES DEVISE FUTILE THINGS? 26 ‘THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND, AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST. 27 “For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. 29 “And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, 30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:23-31

Prayer leads to so many other things, I love verse 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. Things Happen when we pray!

Acts 12:12 And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.

Acts 13:1-3 Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Acts 14:23 When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Paul is now saying farewell to Ephesus He had just called the Elders of the Church and told them they would no longer see his face, but he was innocent of the blood of all men, because he did not shrink from declaring to them the whole purpose of God. Then look what happens. Acts 20:36-38

When he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him, 38 grieving especially over the word which he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they were accompanying him to the ship.

That reminded me in Ephesians 6:1-17 as Paul is giving us the full armor of God, he wraps it all up with prayer… He says Pray!

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that tin proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:18-20

Paul tells us to pray together with other believers, he says to “Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22. Jesus tells us to continually come to the Lord and pray, like we are wearing God out. Luke 18:1-8. James tells us that “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16b. I memorized this verse in KJV “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

I believe this to be true and always have… The popularity of a CHURCH is measured by its Sunday morning attendance and the popularity of the PREACHER by its Sunday evening attendance. However, the popularity of the LORD is measured at the prayer meeting. ~unknown

Spurgeon said this…

“The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge of the amount of divine working among a people. If God be near a church, it must pray. And if He be not there, one of die first tokens of His absence will be a slothfulness in prayer!”

Leonard Ravenhill said this…

“This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere.”

I read this recently…

“When the heroic General Gordon went to the Sudan, his parting message to me was written on a card, and referring to a prayer meeting held at his house: “I value more the prayer of that little circle than all the wealth of the Sudan.”

I too value the prayer meeting, but do I value it more than my time?

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will glorify Me.” Psalm 50:15

And that’s a beautiful thing!

Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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