1 Timothy Chapter 2 (3 of 7) by Harley Howard

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1 Timothy Chapter 2 (3 of 7)
Series: The Epistle of I Timothy
Harley Howard

How Serious Is Corporate Prayer To Us?

Charles Spurgeon once rightfully said concerning prayer:

"Bretheren, we shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians."

Gene Getz wrote on the same subject the following:

"The hallmark of western civilization has been rugged individualism. Because of our philosophy of life, we are used to the personal pronouns, I and me. We have not been taught to think in terms of we, our and us. Consequently we individualize many references to corporate experience in the New Testament, thus often emphasizing personal prayer, personal Bible study, personal evangelism, and personal Christian maturity and growth. The facts are that more are said in the book of Acts and the epistles, about corporate prayer, corporate learning of Biblical truth, corporate evangelism, and corporate Christian maturity and growth than about the personal aspects of these Christian disciplines. Don't misunderstand. Both are intricately related. But the personal dimensions of Christianity are difficult to maintain and practice consistently unless they grow out of proper corporate experience on a regular basis. The emphasis in the scriptural record is clearly on corporate prayer being the context in which personal prayer becomes meaningful."

Acts 1:8, 12-14
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.
13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and ...

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