Elders Corner – Devoting Themselves to Prayer
“These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer…” ~Acts 1:14
One of the hallmarks of the first century church was their devotion to corporate prayer. They didn’t just pray in their “prayer closets” (Matt 6:6) but they gathered to devote themselves to prayer together (Acts 2:42; 6:4; 12:5; Col 4:2). The early disciples knew the priority of abiding in Christ and they knew that the mission was impossible apart from the work of God. So they unashamedly and unceasingly prayed to the Living God.
Oh to be a fly on the wall in one of the early church prayer meetings! To hear the cries of those who once walked with Jesus talking with Him so intimately, pleading so passionately, interceding so fervently, praising so thankfully, approaching so confidently, and submitting so humbly. I long to be part of a modern day church that experiences the power and glory of God in prayer meetings like the early church. To see God’s people return humbly to the priority of corporate prayer where, far from being boring, our prayer meetings would be one the most awe-inspiring and powerful gatherings of the church. We want corporate prayer to be the visible engine of our church because we confess “with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matt 19:26). And when we call unto Him, God says “I will answer you and show great and hidden things you have not known” (Jer 33:3).
With this conviction we are committing the first Sunday evening of the month to corporate prayer at Wellspring. Every first Sunday we encourage all the church to come back from 6pm to 7pm to devote ourselves to seeking God in prayer. I am eager to see the Spirit move in our church and bring revival in our day through the faithful prayers of His people! Would you join me?
~ Pastor Bryan