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Prayer Effectively (6 of 7)
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We are taking a journey through the first century church's devotions to four specific things. So far we have discussed their devotion to...
1. The Apostles Doctrine
3. The Breaking of Bread
And today we begin looking at the fourth principle that the early church continually devoted themselves to, and that is prayer.
The primitive church understood that they had to be continually devoted to prayer and it was one of the most valuable sources of power and instruction for this new thing called church. In Acts 2:42 it says,
Acts 2:42 (NASB95)
42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Prayer aided the first century church's objective of managing and growing the church. It was a constant part of their life.
Likewise, prayer must be an integral part of the church today. Prayer is what aids any local body of believers in managing and growing their church. Without it the church is powerless and without guidance from God.
The source of power for each believer and every church comes through the practice and discipline of prayer.
There are several things that excite people about church but for some reason, Prayer has not made it onto the list.
If we want a simple explanation of why this has been a hurting area in many churches consider this,
- People don't like to ask for advice
- People don't like to ask for help
- People like to tell other people what to do
- People like to think they know what to do
Now take those things into consideration and ask people to come together at a certain time to...
- Ask for advice
- Ask for help
- Be told what to do
- Admit you don't have answers
We can see why there are not very many powerful churches following God's plan for their future. They haven't the humility ...
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