Topic: The Church Must Have A Fervent Pursuit In Prayer.
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Acts 1:14 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
1 Chronicles 19-21 / John 8
Acts 1:14 (NLT) – 14 They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.
Acts 1:14 (NIV) – 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
Acts 1:14 (MSG) – 14 They agreed they were in this for good, completely together in prayer, the women included. Also Jesus’ mother, Mary, and his brothers.
Thoughts of Devotion:
We see that the church of the Book of Acts was a church of prayer. They had perseverance in prayer, if there was one thing they knew how to do it was pray! The Bible records again and again how the first disciples continually prayed, prayed, and prayed. Church life always incorporated congregational prayer as Acts 2:42 tells us, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Within their meetings prayer abounded, the entire life of the church was a direct result of their earnest prayer.
It was a powerful prayer, when they prayed things happened! The prayers of the first disciples had immediate results. In Acts 4:31 it tells us, “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” There was a movement of the Holy Spirit, fire and passion to fulfill the great commission was very evident in the lives of the disciples. We can see a church full of power, with miracles and wonders happening daily. There was a spiritual earthquake, the foundations were shaken and the glory of God descended on his people.
Even amid the persecutions, threats, and opposing forces of the enemy, the Lord’s triumphant church prayed! In Acts 12: 5 it tells us, “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but [a]constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” The more the enemy attacked them, the more they prayed! There was nothing to stop them from the mission that Christ had entrusted to them. Prayer was the key to the advancement, progress, and acceleration of the early church. This is exactly what the church today needs, to once again return to the prayer altar and cry out for a move of the Holy Spirit in our day!
It is time to return once more to prayer, there is no other effective plan! The church that seeks the face of the Lord will be a church distinguished by its power and by the glory of God dwelling in their midst. As believers today is the time to commit ourselves once again to a life of prayer. If we do, our lives will be revolutionized!
Acts 1:14 (NKJV) – 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Acts 2:42 (NKJV) – 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 4:31 (NKJV) – 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Acts 6: 4 (NKJV) – 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
Acts 12: 5 (NKJV) – 5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
Matthew 18:19 (NKJV) – 19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
Matthew 21:22 (NKJV) – 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV) – 18 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
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