Summary: For a church to be effective, there must be God-connecting prayer.

God-Connecting Prayer

Selected Scriptures

I. Priority of Prayer

A. John 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in

you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done

unto you”

B. James 4:2b, “You do not have because you do not ask”

C. Phil. 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which

strengtheneth me”

D. John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that

abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth

much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing”

II. Pattern of Scripture

A. Acts 1:4-5, “And, being assembled together with them,

commanded them that they should not depart from

Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which,

saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized

with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost

not many days hence”

B. Acts 1:14, “These all continued with one accord in prayer

and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother

of Jesus, and with his brethren”

C. The church was birthed in a prayer meeting

D. Acts 2:42, “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’

doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and

in prayers”

III. Prototype of Antioch

A. Acts 13:2-3, “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted,

the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for

the work whereunto I have called them. And when they

had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them,

they sent them away”

1. Fasting and Prayer

2. Denotes great spiritual travail

3. Earnestness of prayer by fasting

B. Prayed until an answer came

C. 1st missionary enterprise was birthed in prayer

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