The Early Church
- Began in a Prayer Meeting – Acts 1-
- They Prayed First –
- Daily Practice Praying Together Acts 2:42 -47…
- 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 American Church
“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.”
“Prayerlessness is my (our) declaration of independence from God.”
A day without prayer, is a wasted day
If you love someone, you to talk to them
If you love someone, you talk about them.
“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 v. 5,6 – Hypocrites, Pharisees
to be seen- to put on a show for self-glorification
Wrong method v.7,8 – Gentiles, Pagans
Repetitions – babble
Right model – v.9 -13
Our Father – Not My Father
Reverence – v.9
Hallowed be that name.
Response – v.10
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
“Prayer is intimacy with God that leads to the fulfillment of His purposes.”
Requests – v. 11,12
Readiness – v. 13
Let us not into temptation
Deliver us from evil
- Taken from Jerusalem into captivity by the Babylonians
- 70 years he prayed 3x a day
“There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar, your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers, 12 because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”