Growing My Prayers
Scripture Reading: Acts 4:25-31
Key Verse: Acts 4:23-24a
On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.
Our scripture for today gives us a picture of the early church in prayer. All through this passage of scripture we see the word “they.” When they heard this, they raised their voices in prayer; Sovereign Lord, they prayed, reveals their corporate praying. God wants His church to be known as a “house of prayer” because His church practices praying together.
Indeed, this early church had good reason to go to prayer together. Two of their spiritual leaders, Peter and John, had been imprisoned for preaching the Good News. They all had been threatened not to proclaim this new way of walking with God. Instead of simply heeding the threats of these Jewish officials, they all turned to God in earnest prayer. God heard their sincere prayers and filled them with a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit so they could preach the Word of God boldly!
Since we don’t have these threats against the American church, do we not need to feel this desperate need for corporate prayer? Of course, the answer is, yes, we do. Our danger is a subtle subversion of our convictions and beliefs. The enemy of the cross is lurking in every corner trying to deceive the modern believer! Let’s renew our commitment to the church’s prayer times. Join your fellow believers for times of prayer—concentrated prayer—asking God for boldness in walking with Him!
Father, I will not forsake my opportunities to join my church in prayer times. Thank you for hearing the cry of our joint prayers! In Jesus’ Name, amen.