Devoted to Prayer
Jesus had risen from the grave. He spent 40 or so days after His resurrection with them. He had promised the coming of the Holy Spirit with power. They saw Him ascend into heaven. Then we read, “And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” (Acts 1:13-14)
They were devoting themselves to prayer! There were no New Testament books in circulation, no “how-to” books on prayer. These believers in Christ knew they simply had to pray together. It was their power source. So they had a prayer meeting.
Sadly, many churches and Christians have rejected praying together as a weekly priority. Prayer meetings and services are seen as a waste of time (and some are because little praying happens). However, if we knew what was good for us, we’d seek the power of God for our personal lives, our families, our church, our society together in prayer. Why are things getting so bad in our world? At the top of the list is the lack of genuine prayer by God’s people.
The first church that was established in Jerusalem is described this way in Acts 2:42, "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." We are commanded in Romans 12:12 to "be constant in prayer." Shouldn't that priority be one of ours? Many would agree that prayer is important, but what place does prayer play in our daily lives? Our church's life?
Commenting on this, the 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon said, “How could we expect a blessing if we were too idle to ask for it? How could we look for Pentecost if we never met with one accord, in one place, to wait upon the Lord? Brethren, we shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians.” I agree with Spurgeon’s sentiment so each Wednesday night we will be gathering for a time of focused prayer. We will pray for God’s glory, spiritual growth, the conversion of the lost, and needs that arise. I invite you to participate as we seek the Lord’s power together. Let’s be devoted to prayer together.