by Donald Cantrell

Prayer And The New Christian (3 of 14)
Series: It Was Just A Prayer Meeting
Donald Cantrell
Acts 2:41-42

Act 2:41 KJV - Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.

Act 2:42 KJV - And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.


In studying for this sermon, I came across some very interesting information for soldiers about to enter basic training, as follows:

Top 10 things to expect when preparing for basic training

Expect to get sick
Expect homesickness
Expect the worst
Expect drama
Expect friendship and enemies
Expect long days and short nights
Expect stress
Expect mistakes and failures
Expect the unexpected
Expect to be deployed

(SGT Michael Volkin)

This article caught my attention as I was mulling over the idea of teaching this material during a Wednesday night prayer meeting. The study for tonight is new Christians need to pray. Just like new soldiers need to realize the importance of what they will encounter during boot camp, our new converts must realize that prayer is mandatory for their well being as a Christian soldier.

Expect to get sick

I liked the top ten list due to all ten of them are applicable in the life of a new Christian. You will face times where you get sick in your Christian life; at times things will not feel good, look good or taste good, when that occurs you must be prepared to pray on or pray through. The Christian life is not a bed of roses and the going will be tough and it will wear you down to the point of spiritual sickness, you may want to quit, instead you must pray and trudge ahead. The soldier is told up front that tough times are just around the corner, be prepared to pray.

Expect Homesickness

The soldier will endure hardships and fatigue and when he does he must be able to combat those thoughts. The Christian soldier w ...

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