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Summary: Acts Series: 20th Sermon--4 things that can revolutionize our prayer lives: Prayers that are United, God-Centered, Scriptural, and Unselfish!

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The Power of a Prayer Meeting

Acts 4:23-31

Peter and John have been arrested/threatened not to preach Christ...but the Lord has told them TO! [torn between God and man.]

When released, where did they go? Tavern? Belly up to bar? No...they had a prayer and praise meeting!

Psalm 145:1-21

I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. [2] Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. [3] Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

Here’s the secret: “oh, what peace we often forfeit...”

They headed for their own people [law of affinity: we’re attracted by those like us...birds of a feather flock together!]

You can tell a lot about those a person runs w/...or runs to.

joke--drunk picked up by preacher on road, taken home, "please meet my wife"/no!/please.../why?/I want her to see what kind of company I’m keepin’!

Well, Peter and John ran to their own company.

It’s a shame when people get into trouble and don’t run to the church...may we make our church one they can run to!

Away w/ selfish Christianity that comes to church only for what I can get...did it ever occur to you that there are some who need what you can give?

Just like last week, that’s the people...now the prayer.

Here’s 4 things that can revolutionize our prayer lives:

Once again, this was a

1. United Prayer--they dropped to their knees and joined hands and prayed TOGETHER. [tho’ we all should have private prayer lives, we should pray as a family...meals...bedtime...family devotions...crisis...hospital, etc.] We’ll be united or we’ll be untied!

As a church the same is true!

2. God-Centered Prayer--did not focus on their prob’s, but on God’s power!

v. 24 recognized God as Creator

When we do this, it puts our prob’s in perspective...reminds us that He can handle our prob’s.

Read the most powerful prayers in scripture, you’ll see they’re not problem-centered, but God centered!

Nehemiah 9--He was in serious trouble, but spent minutes praising things about Who God IS, before making his request!

Isaiah 42:10--he talks about God’s power/guidance/control/faithfulness prior to his requests.

David--Psalm 145:1-3

I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. [2] Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. [3] Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

Revolutionize your prayer life...take out some moans and add some amen’s...delete the hows? and replace w/ hallelujahs! Shove gratitude up front in the groan’s seat!

ill.--John Wesley riding horse thru countryside, overcome by thieves who took every cent he had on him. That nite he prayed [recorded prayers in a journal].

"Dear God, thank you for 3 things: tho’ they took my money, they didn’t take my life...tho’ they took ALL my money, it wasn’t much...most of all, thank you that it was I who was robbed, and not I who did the robbing!"

What a God-Centered prayer!

3. This was also a scriptural prayer


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