Scripture Passage: Acts 4:23-33
The need of the hour is power in prayer—not merely to pray, but to pray with power.
In Acts 4, there was trouble in the early church. There was opposition against the Gospel of Jesus. Christians’ lives were being threatened. This was the catalyst for this great prayer meeting. It was not just any prayer that they needed. No rhetoric, eloquence, music or beauty would do. They needed power; and they received it. How do we put power in our prayers?
First, we must understand the confidence of their mighty prayer. Acts 4:24 says, “...they lifted up their voice to God with one accord and said, Lord thou art God which hath made heaven and earth and the sea and all that in them is...” When facing opposition, it’s necessary to gain the right perspective: to look beyond the visible to the Invisible. To look beyond the creature to the Creator. We will find that nothing has happened that God does not control. We will find the conquering God still on His throne. We can be confident that we are praying to a God who is the creator, controller and conqueror of all things.
Notice also the commitment of a mighty prayer. The reason that many of our prayers are not answered is that we’ve not made that commitment to the Lord. Prayer is the means of bringing the power of heaven into our lives. As servants of God, we must express His word, extend His hand and to exalt His Son. When we commit to doing so, then we will see power in our prayers.
Finally, we must be ready for the consequences of a mighty prayer.
The Spirit is received—a fresh filling of God’s Holy Spirit.
Unity is achieved; Adrian Rogers says, “Prayer, more than anything else, unites the church.”
Then, the Gospel is believed.
Adrian Rogers tells us, ”Our first duty is not to preach the gospel, but to be ready and worthy to preach it through prayer.”
Apply it to your life
Do you want to put power in your prayer? Have you made yourself available to Jesus, a vessel for Him to work through and accomplish His mighty works? Submit totally to God.