Monday, 26 February 2007
Authentic mission will both originate and be sustained by prayer
One has only to read the gospels to see how much Jesus the Son of God prayed. After his baptism he was driven into the wilderness where he prayed and fasted. He spent whole nights in prayer and taught his disciples both how to and what to pray.
The Church before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost when 3000 were converted was at prayer.( Acts 1.14)
Acts 2.42 They devoted themselves to prayer.
Acts 3.1 They were on there way to prayer when they healed the cripple. This resulted in a massive evangelistic meeting which saw many come to faith.
Acts 4.23-31 After Peter and John’s release from prison they prayed for boldness to preach along with signs and wonders.
Acts 10.31 Cornelius prayers became instrumental for the gospel coming to the Gentiles.
Acts 26.29 Paul speaks of his prayers for those at his trial that they will come to the Lord.
Rom. 1.10 Paul prays that he will have at last an open door to come to them in order to minister.
Eph. 6.19 Paul asks for prayer that he will fearlessly preach the gospel.
Consider also Jesus’ prayers for his disciples and Paul’s prayers for the young Churches.
There is often a link between prayer and the Holy Spirit. If we don’t pray we are unlikely to be filled with the Holy Spirit, yet even in our weakness it is the Holy Spirit that helps us to pray. As we practise the presence of God and in each moment give our hearts to him asking him to help and guide us He will put prayers on our heart and make prayer a delight.