September 17, 2017
The discipline of prayer is foundational to the Christian Life. It is a central component to worship, the atmosphere surrounding effective Bible Study, and the power behind witnessing and carrying out the will of God. In our scripture today it says, “They devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42) In prayer we experience confession, worship, and praise, inquiry into God’s will, thanksgiving, blessing, commitment, petition, intercession, and desire for forgiveness, repentance, and requests.
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.” (Acts 2:1) Prayer does not give you spiritual power. Prayer aligns your life with God so that He chooses to demonstrate His power through you. The purpose of prayer is not to convince God to change your circumstances but to prepare you to be involved in God’s activity. The fervent prayer of the people at Pentecost did not induce the Holy Spirit to come upon them. Prayer brought them to a place where they were ready to participate in the mighty work God had planned.
Why do you pray?
Does prayer prepare you to be empowered and to fulfill His purposes in your life?
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)
Jesus told His followers to remain in Jerusalem until the Spirit came upon them. (Acts 1: 4-5) “All the believers were together and had everything in common.” (Acts 2:44) The disciples obeyed His command, waiting for God’s next directive. As they prayed, God adjusted their lives to what He intended to do next. As they prayed, a unity developed among them. For the first time the disciples used Scripture as their guide in decision making. (Acts 1: 15-26) The day of Pentecost arrived, and the city of Jerusalem filled with pilgrims from around the world. When God released his Holy Spirit upon the disciples, He had already filled the city with messengers who would carry the gospel to every nation. Prayer had prepared the disciples for their obedient response.
Do you long for unity in your life?
If prayer unites us, then why don’t we pray more?
God desires to bring believers together not to divide them.
I believe prayer is a key to a unified body of believers.
Prayer is designed to adjust you to God’s will, not to adjust God to your will. If God has not responded to what you are praying, you may need to adjust your praying to align with God’s agenda. Rather than focusing on what you would like to see happen, realize that God may be more concerned with what He wants to see happen in YOU. How has God called you to change your attitude, direction, activities, schedules, and relationships to align more with His will for your life? What areas of your life do you need to allow God to adjust? Why not trust His leadership and wisdom in doing what is best in your life? Let go and let God be God, He is very good at what He does and He always has your best interest at heart. “Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.” (Acts 2:43)