I was looking through the Bible this morning asking some questions about prayer.
I came across a verse that is sticking with me.
It is found in Acts 2:42. This verse describes the activities of the new Christians in the early church.
Luke (the author of Acts) writes, “[The new Christians] joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord’s Supper and in prayer.“
Basically what was happening here was that the new believers were going somewhere with other new believers to learn more about this new way of life, enjoy the company of other believers, celebrate what Jesus had done for them, and PRAY!
So I started thinking… what would happen if we got together and prayed?
I’m not talking about the “Prayer Meetings” that most of us are familiar with, where a bunch of people get together, B.S. for fifty-five minutes and then pray for five. That’s ridiculous. Most of the time these “Meetings of Prayer” are just glorified gossip centers and a place for the person with the biggest mouth… okay, I’m going to stop now.
I’m talking about getting together with a group of people and REALLY getting serious with God!
I mean serious to the point of tears! Serious to the point where our hearts are breaking because of the weight we feel for our friends and family! Serious because we know that we may be the only person(s) representing our friends/family to God!
Oh God… I want to pray like this!
A great pattern for prayer that I’ve recently learned is PATH:
- Praise God for being such an innovative, gracious, wise Leader. Tell Him what you think about Him and express your gratitude for His goodness in your life.
- Ask God. This is where we tell Him about the people in our lives that we love (or need to love more)! We pray for the needs of others. We pray for our own needs. We go to our Father in Heaven and ask Him to meet others and our needs.
- Thank God for the prayers He has answered and the promises He has made. Thank Him for being kind to you and others. Thank Him for loving you!
- HELP! Ahhhh… this is the part where you say, “I can’t! I need help!” Help in loving your grumpy boss. Help as you seek to develop the discipline of self-control. Help as you try to pray more consistently. Help as you seek to make the right decision. HELP!
I just wonder what would happen if we would pray more?