Prayer: The Early Church’s Secret Weapon to Massive Revival

This is why the church in the book of Acts experienced the power of God. (Kaleb Nimz)
This is why the church in the book of Acts experienced the power of God. (Kaleb Nimz)

Cry out to the Lord.

Lord, I want to be bold in my witness for You.
I want to see miracles and dramatic
conversions in our day.
Make this true of me and
more and more of Your people.
Jesus, reset my prayer life.

A growing number of Christians today are aware that something must be wrong.They know there has to be “more” to the Christian life than what they have experienced. “More” is found through the discipline of prayer. When we begin to pray like Jesus and His early followers, then we will witness the power they experienced.

When I read the book of Acts, I am embarrassed. Why does our brand of Christianity look so insipid compared to the believers of the first century? Where has the power gone? Has God changed, or have we? We’ve all heard the cop-out, “The book of Acts represents a different dispensation.” What a sad, self-serving attempt to excuse our current state of spiritual impotence!

When we read Acts, we should yearn to experience a return to their brand of Christianity. Yet instead of copying them, we seem content with copying other modern churches that are “growing.” But why copy a copy, when you can copy the original (the book of Acts)? In Acts, God was saving people every day. Communities were transformed. People were healed. Demons were cast out. Miracles were commonplace. Churches sprouted up across the Roman Empire. Persecution was faced and overcome. What made them so different?

Our lack of spiritual power in Christianity today is not due to the sermons we preach or the songs we sing. Rather, it is due to our lack of prayer. We do not pray like it matters. Jesus and His earliest followers prayed like it was important. We pray like it is inconvenient or inconsequential. Prayer was their priority. It is our postscript. We plan more than we pray. The Christians of the early church prayed more than they planned. We gather to minister to one another. They gathered to minister to the Lord in prayer and fasting. Our focus is earthly, horizontal. Theirs was heavenly, vertical.

Every prayer we pray is significant. Through our prayers, God changes things. One life dedicated to prayer can do more good than any life dedicated to other so-called “noble,” worldly causes. An individual follower of Jesus who is committed to prayer is a fountain of life in a world of death. Likewise, the local church that becomes a house of prayer will be a spiritual powerhouse from which God’s mighty miracles will flow exponentially. Prayer is what modern Christians and churches are missing—frequent, fervent, faithful prayer!

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Steve Gaines

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