Summary: Something powerful happens when we pray. When we pray, we connect our lives to the very same God who spoke this world into being.
Think about how you felt that time when God came through and answered your prayer…
Something powerful happens when we pray. When we pray, we connect our lives to the very same God who spoke this world into being.
The very same God who:
Formed the Swiss Alps…Who carved the Grand canyon…Who planted the rainforest…Placed every single star in it place…
When the church prays, great things begin to happen and I want to share 3 of those things with you.
1. When the Church prays we become united:
The church as describe by Luke in the book of Acts is absolutely a united church.
10 times in Acts, Luke uses a Greek word to describe the early church that basically means that they were all on the same page….they had the same agenda.
There was no running off in different directions, with no one knowing what was going on or what the others doing.
They were of ONE mind…
In Acts chapter 4 Peter and John are released from prison.
Peter and John had the audacity o believe that the resurrected Christ was still powerful enough to heal a 40yr old man who had been crippled since birth…
They healed him in the Name of Jesus and some of the Jewish leaders got HOT under the collar.
They had just worked pretty hard to get rid of this man called Jesus and now here peter and John use this Name to heal a a cripple man.
It is kind of obvious that they didn’t really know what to do with these two renegades.
They wanted to kill them but were afraid of what might happen, so they just threatened Peter and John and told them not to speak that Name again…or it might get worse.
What would you do if you were in their shoes?
Think about it…you’re standing in front of the same bunch that put Jesus to death and now they are threatening you…
LOOK at verse 19,20 “”
Did you catch how Peter and John trapped the Sanhedrin?
If the Sanhedrin said that it was right to obey God then Peter and John were free to continue.
If they said “NO you must stop speaking” Peter and John would be guilty of rebellion against God.
So Peter and John did exactly what most would do if they didn’t know how to answer…ignored the question.
That’s the background…now how does prayer unite the church?
LOOK at vs. 23,24...Peter and John made a beeline straight to the church, after being released…WHY?
What did the church do? PRAYED
Let’s look at the prayer and notice what they did not pray…For vengeance…to be hidden…for something bad to happen to those who jailed Peter and John…
Their prayer was so united and so powerful that the home they were in began to quiver…v31
That is what I want for Elim Bible…that we are so united in prayer and that our prayer becomes so powerful that the very foundations of this old building begins to shake.
2. When the church prays, we receive divine guidance:
It has never been God’s plan for His people grope around in darkness, trying to feel their way through life and ministry. Jer. 29: 11