All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word.30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
Charles Spurgeon once said “I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach”.
Imagine what our church could look like if we all embraced a devotion to prayer. The early disciples knew that prayer was how they could converse with God, and how the teachings they heard went from their head into their hearts and settled there. It can be the same for us.
Prayer is powerful. Prayer is intimate. Prayer changes things. Prayer
changes us. Any relationship requires communication, and prayer is the gift that God has given to us to commune with Him. In our second passage today, we see how prayer stirred the disciples to share the Gospel. Prayer is not only relational; it is also missional.
It’s easy to feel in times like this, where the need of the world is so obvious, that we shouldn’t come to God in praying for our personal needs. If that’s how you are feeling, be mindful of this today: Our God is the God of the Universe. Not a single word of our prayers falls on deaf ears. He wants to spend time with you. He wants to hear from you.
As a Christian today, commit yourself again to prayer. Make it your first priority rather than your last resort. As Corrie Ten Boom asked: “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
Navigate to hillsong.co.uk/prayer.
On this webpage, there are some examples of things that you can pray for. If you scroll to the bottom, you can also download a simple “Prayer Guide” that will help you to understand a little more about prayer throughout the Bible.