October 23, 2017
READ: Acts 4:23-31
And when they had prayed...they spake the word of God with boldness.
Acts 4: 31
The New Testament Church prayed fervently for the power of the Holy Spirit to be upon their leaders. God heard their prayer and look at the results. The Word of God is preached when prayer goes forth. Churches spring up when the Word of God is preached.
It is important to stress that fervent prayer is what makes the difference. Sometimes, I look at people who claim to be having a prayer meeting. You see some of them sleeping and others just whiling away the time. How would you feel if someone fell asleep while talking to you? You would think that he is either disrespectful or very uninterested in you.
Jesus prayed passionately for the will of God to be done in His life (Hebrews 5:7). The ministry of Jesus was a great success! Two thousand years after these prayers, churches are still being started, books are still being written, songs are being composed about Christ, and more people are volunteering their lives to the service of our great God.
You will have great success in your ministry when you learn how to pray fervently. Whenever you do not know what to do, do what Jesus did! Jesus shouted when He prayed! He prayed until He was sweating! Read it for yourself!
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Luke 22: 44
Fervent prayer always works.