A Praying Church – God’s Prototype of the Local Church Series

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A Praying Church

Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly …in prayers

Intro: Why are so many Christians living in defeat when we have been told that we are overcomers?

Why are so many Christians falling into perpetual temptation when we’ve been told that greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world?

Why are so many Christians wandering around in the wilderness, when Canaan land has been promised?

  • The early church was started with tongues of fire; the modern church has tongues of fear.
  • The early church was full of passion; the modern church full of poison.
  • The early church had people that were full of life; the modern church is dead.
  • The early church people was excited; the modern church is exhausted.
  • The early church shook their world; the modern church is being shaken by the world.

They were willing to walk through the doorway to access God’s power – vs. 42 And they continued stedfastly…in prayers

The first church was A PRAYING CHURCH.

I. The Pattern of their Praying

They continued in the apostle’s prayer.

Where did the apostles learn to pray?

They learned from Jesus.

They had been taught the importance of prayer, and how to pray by none other than the Lord Jesus himself.

  • Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

Jesus said:

  • Mark 14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

The disciples came down off the Mount of Transfiguration.

  • Matthew 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

We will never be able to impact the world or our family until we learn to pray.

If Jesus needed to pray – how much more do we need to?

II. The Place of their Praying – Acts 1:14

They prayed all together in the upper room – Acts 1:14

They prayed in the Temple – Acts 3:1

They prayed with their own company – Acts 4:31

Peter prayed next to the bed of Dorcas – Acts 9:40

Peter prayed on the rooftop – Acts 10:9

Paul and Silas prayed at midnight in prison – Acts 16:5

Paul prayed on the shore with other believers – Acts 21:5

…(these are just a few examples)

III. The Power of their Praying

The early church understood the necessity of prayer and its power to accomplish the impossible.

Prayer shook the place and they spake the word of God with boldness.

  • Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

The first deacons were chosen and ordained.

Acts 6

  • 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
  • 6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid [their] hands on them.

Peter was delivered from prison through prayer.

  • Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. Vs. 12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

Prayer raised Dorcas from the dead with prayer.

Acts 9

  • 36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
  • 37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid [her] in an upper chamber.
  • 38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring [him] that he would not delay to come to them.
  • 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
  • 40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning [him] to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
  • 41 And he gave her [his] hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

God directed Peter to Cornelius’ house through prayer.

Acts 10:9-20

Conclusion:

Many other illustrations we could look at in the book of Acts.

The first church was a praying church.

We should strive to emulate their example of continual prayer and supplication.