21st August 2014

Prayer is a Necessity 

“Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.”
Matthew 6:9 (AMP)
 

I had some prayers answered this past week—if you have experienced this too, I know exactly how you feel. Prayer of course is God’s idea, but we as his people need to understand the necessity of prayer. It has been called by some, and quite rightly so, “The key which unlocks the blessings of the day and locks up the dangers of the night.” Prayer, like love, is never wasted.  Prayer changes people, prayer changes situations—it makes a difference because God makes a difference.

As we read the book of Acts, we discover that the early church really understood the absolute necessity of communication with God.  Our Middle Eastern brothers and sisters were constantly engaged in dialogue, in conversation with their Father and our Father. Let’s look briefly at one incident that took place shortly after the day of Pentecost—the day the Church was born.

In Acts chapter 4, Peter and John were arrested by the Sadducees and brought before the Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish tribunal in the land. They were ordered not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus, and later released. Peter and John went back to the other disciples and reported everything that had happened to them, and how did God’s people react? Notice verse 24: “And when they heard it, lifted their voices together with one united mind to God…” Here, this little flock united as one to pray to their Father.  This was indeed community prayer—we might call it a community of unity! This is the kind of prayer that shakes a place, that gives boldness and courage to those who see the necessity of crying out to God. Verse 31 tells us that, “And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage.”

I think verse 33 (NKJV) here is especially exciting.  It contains two wonderful phrases: “great power” and “great grace”.  It tells us that, “with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.” Notice, great power to do what God wanted them to do, and great grace to be what God wanted them to be! Unified prayer brings boldness and grace to God’s people. Prayer unleashes the power and grace of God!

Prayer
Gracious Father, thank you for the priceless privilege of being able to rush in to your throne room with great boldness simply because we are your beloved children. And thank you so much for the answers to our cries for help that you supply because of your amazing love.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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