Summary: A church that does not pray forfeits the Blessings and Power of almighty God. A powerless Church does nothing to please or to Glorify God. Therefore, God is not pleased when his saints fail to collectively Pray.
TITLE: THE POWER OF A PRAYING CHURCH
SCRIPTURE: ACTS 12:1-9
A church that does not pray forfeits the Blessings and Power of almighty God. A powerless Church does nothing to please or to Glorify God. Therefore, God is not pleased when his saints fail to COLLECTIVELY Pray. If we endeavor to see this Church soar to Higher Heights, we must become a Praying Church.
• If we want to see lives changed and souls save - we must become a Praying Church
• If we want to have an impact on the world - we musts become a Praying Church
• If we want to see the Church become what God designed it to be – we must become a Praying Church
• If we want to become Holy Ghost Headquarters – we must become a Praying Church
• If we want to see Continued Growth – we must become Praying Church
As the CANOPY of this text is lifted, we see that HEROD AGRIPPA the first, the Grandson of Herod the Great, and son of ARISTOBULOUS, had vexed the Church and killed JAMES the brother of JOHN with the Sword. When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he stretched forth his hand against Peter, the Leader of the Church. My brothers and sisters, there are those who do not want to see the Church progress, and will do whatever they can to hinder the Agenda of the Church. That’s why it is imperative that the Church stays in constant prayer.
The history of the early church begins with King Herod initiating a persecution of the church. And if you're thinking that you have read this name Herod other places in the Bible, you are right. HEROD is a popular name in the New Testament days! In fact, there are at least FOUR (4) Herods mentioned in the Bible.
• Herod #1 was known as "Herod the Great." This was the "Herod" who slaughtered the babies of Bethlehem in an attempt to kill the Christ child. He also murdered many of his own family.
• Herod #2 was known as "Herod Antipas." He was the "Herod" who commanded John the Baptist to be beheaded. He ruled when Jesus was crucified.
• Herod #3 was known as "Herod Philip the Second." He was murdered by his own father because he feared his son was after his throne but before Herod Philip died he had a son who became...
• Herod #4, known as "Herod Agrippa" who was the King Herod that we read about here in Acts 12.
Now this "Herod" was a typical politician in that he worked very hard at cultivating the good graces of the Jewish people he ruled-by meticulously keeping the MOSAIC LAW and all Jewish observances and it worked. He became very popular with the Jewish people, especially the religious leaders. But, don't get me wrong-he didn't do this because he loved the Jewish people. No-he was appointed to this "KINGSHIP" by Rome and he wanted to please his Roman masters. He knew that one thing they wanted was a peaceful Palestine. Rome wanted happy, non-rebellious subjects so their "LAP-DOG" Herod worked to keep the Jews happy. And, as I said he did a good job at this. He was popular with the Jewish community.