Summary: This sermon show examples of prayer in the Book of Acts and the positive results of the prayer.
9 BENEFITS OF PRAYER
By : Ng Wah Lok
Text : Acts 2:42
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”.
Results of Acts 2:42
a) Miracles, signs and wonders took place – v 43
b) Needs were met – V44
c) Souls were saved - V47
Today, we will look at another important activity in the early church – PRAYER. Let us look at the 9 benefits of prayer as seen in the book of Acts.
1. PRAYER RELEASES THE HOLY SPIRIT
Acts 1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
The verse occurs before Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured down. By Act 2:1, we see that the Holy Spirit was poured down at Pentecost and many were baptized with the Holy Spirit. We often look at the glorious event but do not realize that it was preceded with much prayer. All revivals are birthed in prayer.
Many other scriptures show the Holy Spirit poured down as a result of prayer.
Acts 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Acts 8:15-17 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
2. PRAYER RELEASES WORKERS FOR THE MINISTRY
Acts 1:24-26 Then they prayed, "Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs." 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
Due to Judas’ all, one more apostle was needed. Finally after much prayer, Matias was chosen as the apostle. Prayer releases workers.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
Barnabas and Saul were released after prayer.
Acts 14:23-24 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
Leaders must only be released after much prayer.
Some people make things happen. Some people see things happen. Some are still asking “What happened ?
3. PRAYER RELEASES BOLDNESS/POWER IN OUR LIVES
Acts 4:31-33 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.
Are you ready to overcome the devil ? You need the power of God in your lives.