I am beginning to prepare a possible sermon and I just wanted to share what I have so far.
Acts 1:14: “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
The apostles gathered TOGETHER in prayer. This leads me to believe that with prayer comes unity. It unites you with God and it unites you with the people you pray with. When you pray to God you literally talk directly to God. There’s no middle man. When you are united with God through Jesus Christ, you have the Holy Spirit. If you desire the presence of the Spirit you must devote yourself in prayer. And notice that the Spirit comes on them after they prayed. When we pray with and for each other, I believe it also brings unity between to the two or more people praying. You really can develop a relationship with one another when you pray for each other and/or pray together. Prayer breaks down barriers and allows you to share your heart with other people.
Acts 2:42: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
As you can already see prayer is clearly a high priority and vital part of a Christian’s life. Throughout the book of Acts when there is much prayer, there is much activity of the Holy Spirit. Today’s church needs to become a praying church. We need to become a church that is devoted to prayer. It is a Christian discipline mentioned in Acts. Because the early church practiced those disciplines they saw: miraculous signs and wonders, community and generosity, and they also saw growth. If you want your ministry to grow and prosper you must be devoted in prayer.
Acts 6:4: “…and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
The disciples were obviously the leaders of the early church. Christian and ministry leaders must constantly devote themselves to PRAYER and the teaching and preaching of God’s Word. The Greek verb translated “give our attention to” is a word the points to a persistent, loyal, and a completely focused and faithful devotion (Fire Bible). That means much time is taken in prayer and in ministry. The disciples felt that prayer was of the highest priority to Christians and especially to Christian leaders. It should be that way today!
Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Paul encourages Christians here to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and FAITHFUL IN PRAYER. Again the Greek word used here indicates a persistence, perseverance, and an insistence in your prayer. Yes Christians will struggle at times to keep an attitude of prayer and to spend real time in prayer. Paul encourages us to be faithful in prayer because it is our access to God. It gives us intimacy and unity with our Heavenly Father. It is also the way God advances His kingdom purposes on earth.
This is what I have so far. Much of these notes are from the Fire Bible. I love that Bible! It makes these things so much easier to dig into and to study. Thanks for reading!