Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | January 14, 2014

January 14, 2014 “Bringing Down the House”

” While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God’s Word with fearless confidence.” Acts 4:31)

Good Morning My Christian Family!

How many prayers, I wonder, do you repeat from memory? Let’s think of a few you may know. There’s “Now I lay me down to sleep.” There’s the Lord’s Prayer.. “Our Father, Who art in heaven…(you know the rest). There’s “God is great…God is good…now we thank Him for our food.” While all fine prayers which I believe the Lord hears and appreciates, I am also aware that for some, these prayers represents the totality of  prayer life. Oh, perhaps an occasional prayer for help or healing is uttered in times of great need, but beyond that, not a whole lot of conversation goes on between those whose prayer life is limited to these few prayers and the Almighty, who desires that we develop a far more communicative relationship with Him.  John G. Lake made this insightful remark regarding casual praying and fervent praying:

“There is a mighty lot of difference between saying prayers and praying.” 

The disciples were to discover that difference in their own lives. They observed Jesus and saw how fervently and effectively he prayed, and asked him to teach them how to pray like that. It was some time before they really caught on to it, but when they did…”BAM!” In Acts 4, we see what real fervent prayer looks like. Prior to this occasion, the disciples did pray, of course. but somehow this was different. Luke tells us that as they prayed “the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God’s word with fearless confidence.” They had moved from just saying prayers to really praying, and the evidence of that literally brought down the house! If you find prayer a tedious activity, know this. That’s exactly what the Enemy desires. He wants you to be discouraged. He is not at all threatened by lukewarm praying. Fervent prayer from the heart makes him shudder. Fervent prayer is empowering. It is life-changing. It is Spirit-filled. Open up to God in your prayer life. Let Him know what’s really on your heart. I believe your desire to pray will increase exponentially as you do, as will the effectiveness of your praying. That’s God at work transforming and sanctifying you and filling you with His Holy Spirit. Let’s bring the house down. Let’s pray!

Mighty and Everlasting God; Fill us with the power of Your Holy Spirit as we come to you in prayer this day…not with a lot of stuff You have already heard before, but with the newness that is already present in this new day, for this is the day that You have made. We rejoice. We are glad in it, and we praise You for it. Minister to our hearts, O Lord, and prepare us for the day You have set before us. This we pray in Jesus’ Blessed, Holy Name. Amen!

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