This is a Football – Power of the Team
We have looked at:
-Message = The Gospel
-Mission = Go
-Means = The Holy Spirit
-Motive = Jesus is Coming
The Importance of Community
The Early Church
- Began in a Prayer Meeting – Acts 1
- They Prayed First
- Daily Practice of Praying Together
“42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
- Every Major Happening Was Saturated with Prayer
“And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching,”
The Church Today
- The Church in North America is declining -85% are in declined or stagnant
- Only 5% of churches in American have any measurable effective prayer ministry
- Yet, we have more means of programs, money, technology, facilities, and personnel than period of time.
- Average Christian prays 3 minutes a day
- Average Pastor prays 7 minutes a day
Put the three questions as one slide for group discussion
- Define Prayer
- Why do professing Christians not pray?
- Why do churches (corporately) not pray?
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
- Wrong motive vv.5,6 – Hypocrites -Pharisees
- Wrong method vv. 7,8 – Gentiles- Pagans
- Right model vv. 9-13 –
Requests – v. 11,12
Readiness – v. 13
“Prayer is intimacy with God that leads to the fulfillment of His purposes.”
“Prayerlessness is my (our) declaration of independence from God.”
“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.”
“15 I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”