The Signature of the Holy Spirt Part 1/Day 3
Corporate Prayer: Acts 2.42c
“And they continued steadfastly in…prayers.”
As Christians, it is certainly critical that we spend time in personal prayer. Yet, it is just as critical that we spend time in corporate prayer with other believers. Someone might say, “I pray a lot. I pray at home. I pray at work.” Yet, if you are not trying to gather in corporate prayer with other believers, you are not fully where God wants you to be.
Consider these examples throughout the book of Acts.
Acts 1:14: These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Acts 3:1; Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
Acts 4:23; And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.
Acts 6:4, but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.
Acts 12:12; So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.
Acts 13:1-3 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
Pastor Jim Cymbala, in his book Breakthrough Prayer says it like this,
“I do not fully understand the mysteries of how a sovereign God answers the petitions of frail human beings, but it does seem clear that effective praying often involves more than just saying the right words. Seeking God with our whole heart is the kind of Bible praying that secures not just answers but the blessing of God that we all need.
“When it comes to de-emphasizing prayer and the prayer meeting in churches across the land, where are the spiritual results that prove we have found a better way? I understand the warnings about emotionalism and sound Bible exposition. But show me any place where the blessing of God is resting on churches in such fullness that large numbers of people are coming under conviction of sin and turning to the Lord in repentance and faith.”
— Breakthrough Prayer, p.23