Elements Of True Prayer
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Prayer is a wonderful privilege given to us who are born of the Gospel of water and Spirit. God has opened the door of His throne to us to present our petitions and supplications. Heb 4:16 He has promised to hear us when we call. Jer 33:3 Furthermore, He has promised to answer our prayers when we pray according to His will. 1 John 5:6-15.
In Acts 12:1-24 we can glean several elements of true prayer. In this passage, the prayer is done corporately by a body of Christ. There is a special anointing that is released when God’s children come together united in faith to seek the face of the Lord.
1. It was a time of problem vs 1-5
James the brother of John, one of the Lord’s inner circle is put to death by Herod, Peter has also been imprisoned and he is sitting on death row awaiting his own execution. There was apprehension and the church did not know what to do. As a result, there was fear and concern for the future of the church. There was an adversary in the person of Herod and the Jews involved in the persecution under the influence of Satan himself.
At NCCkl, the church still finds itself in times of trouble. The church still finds itself under attack from its enemies. We must never think we are immune from assault from without and from within.
2. It was a time of prayer vs 5a
There is a tiny word in vs 5 that makes a big difference. It is the little conjunction “but.” The situation looks desperate but the church bowed its head in unity and called upon the Lord. The church lifted its collective voice and rang the bell of Heaven! God heard their prayers and unleashed its mighty power. The prayer rendered was fervent, focused and united coming forth from the faithfuls.
3. It was a time of power vs 5b – 24
There was powerful salvation, supernatural deliverance, act of God’s sovereignty and visible move of God. At NCCkl, as true believers we need to get hold of the Lord through the powerful means of prayer.
“with all prayer and petitions pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petitions for all the saints.” Eph 6:18
The sword of the Spirit and prayer are the Christians’ offensive weapons. Once we have Satan on the run, we can keep him from counterattack by using these weapons. However remember, God answers prayer because we believe Him and not because we bombard Him with profound and empty phrases.
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