In closing out this Acts2Basics sermon series, taken from the second chapter of Acts, the pastor focused on prayer, an essential component of the early church and therefore today’s church. A church devoted to prayer is necessary and non-negotiable. Prayer affirms our need and dependence on God. Thankfully for us, the first church established the specifics of prayer.
In all relationships, the experience of being with someone face-to-face takes the connection to a deeper level. One-on-one time allows for greater intimacy and understanding. Private prayer, prayer in our quiet place in our home, accomplishes the same. In seclusion, without life’s noise and constant diversions, we can deepen our bond with the Lord. Just as a newborn baby bonds with his parents in the tranquil, wee hours of the night, creating a foundation of trust and love, private prayer helps set the foundation for an everlasting, faithful relationship with God.
It is also crucial to pray collectively in the house of worship. When we gather around the altar, participate in prayer meetings or intercessory prayer, we are sending up powerful prayers. These prayers have holy ghost power capable of healing and transformation. He is touched in a special way. Praying to God with other believers assures us that he will be in our midst.
And finally, praying publicly outside of church is responding to our immediate needs, whenever and wherever the spirit moves us. Sweet, idyllic chapels or magnificent church edifices, filled with stained glass windows and cushioned pews, are not a requirement for prayer. Any place we pray becomes consecrated space. The enduring spiritual reminds us, “Every time I feel the spirit moving in my heart, I will pray”.
Whether you pray privately in your home, petition him in collective worship, or pray in public places, pray without ceasing. Prayer is always pertinent, and a robust, constant prayer life sustains and acknowledges that you need him every minute, every hour, and every day.