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The Value of Prayer - Part 1 (1 of 2)
Introduction: I want to start today by appealing to last weeks sermon on Biblical Authority. The Bible requires us to pray. In today's terms it means that the Bible requires that we be in continued communication with God. Inconsistent prayer will not help us reach our goal of abiding in Christ. We as a church should value not only prayer but consistent, concentrated prayer.
The source of power for each believer and every church comes through the practice and discipline of prayer.
7 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
7Si permanecéis en mí, y mis palabras permanecen en vosotros, pedid lo que queráis y os será hecho.
Looking back to the historical first century church we see everything was bathed in prayer. Looking back to the first disciples we see that their success in ministry had everything to do with consistent communication with Jesus Christ. They became effective, fruit producing, disciples because they were discipled by Jesus Christ Himself. If you would like to be discipled by Jesus Himself then we must take the same approach and communicate with Jesus Christ consistently throughout the days and weeks and years of our lives.
Those disciples stressed the importance of prayer to the church and the church used the same method of discipleship. Today you and I have the same opportunity to be successful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh– so accessing Him as well as reading scripture means you are saturated with the Word of God all the time. This connection to Jesus Christ is called abiding in Christ. This is the stuff fruit is made of!
The primitive church understood that they had to be continually devoted to prayer and it was one of the most valuable sources of the church. In Acts it tells us of this commitment...
Acts 2:42 (NASB95)
42 They were continually devoti ...
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