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  • Writer's pictureAlan and Jean McKinnell

Prayer.



Yesterday morning we had our weekly Bible Study, we only studied 7 verses from the book of Acts and then, directed and challenged by Andy who was leading the study via his you tube channel, we started discussing prayer and the importance of the church coming together to pray.

We have experienced in every church we have been in the complete indifference by church going people to attending a church prayer meeting. The weekly prayer meeting (if the church even has one) is the least attended meeting in the church. Here at St David's we have persevered from 2 or 3 of us to, on Tuesday past, 10 people, shocking that we can, by usual standards, consider that a good number.


God calls us to prayer and if we believe it is God that calls us to prayer then in obedience to Him we must take that call seriously and expect that God is listening and wants to answer us.


Jesus talks of individual prayer,


Matthew 6:5-8 New International Version - UK

Prayer

5 ‘And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.



So there is obviously a time when we should be praying as individuals, and daily, as seen in the Lord's prayer, 'give us this day our daily bread'.


But Jesus also encourages us to pray when we are together.


Matthew 18:19-20 New King James Version

19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask(pray), it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name(prayer meeting), I am there in the midst of them.”


Jesus encourages prayer meetings, even when only two or three are gathered, He wants us to come together, to encourage one another and to believe that God is listening and wants the best for you. In the Bible the book of Acts relates stories of church prayer meetings where as the people come together in Faith, they see amazing results. Today if the church wants to see amazing results then they will have to come together in prayer and Faith.


Acts 12:5 New King James Version

Peter Freed from Prison

5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.


Acts 12:11-12 New King James Version

11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”

12 So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.


When the church offered constant prayer, it was answered, that is what we should expect today. We, as the body of Christ, are called to prayer, individually, in twos and threes, and as larger gatherings. Then we will see the church arise.


2 Chronicles 7:14 New King James Version

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

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