17th March 2015
‘They all met together continually for prayer...’ Acts 1:14 (NLT)
Fear and uncertainty must have been running through the minds of the people who gathered together for prayer that day. Jesus, having come back to life, had spent several days with them, but had returned to heaven just before these people gathered. What did the future hold, who would replace Judas, how would they continue what Jesus started? They all had very serious reasons to pray.
Fortunately for them, Jesus had spent time with them teaching them how to pray. They knew that prayer was an act of humility before God and that they could persistently ask for anything in Jesus’ name and it would be done (Luke 11:1-13 and 18:1-8). We also benefit from their experience because we can read what Jesus taught them.
James 5:16 says, ‘Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.’ Not only do we get great tips on prayer from Luke, but James shows us the benefits of prayer. Jesus also promised in Matthew 18:20 that where two or three are gathered to pray, He is there among them.
God not only wants to communicate with us, but because He uses people to minister to each other, He wants us to band together at times to pray. He may even use you to do a miracle in a friend’s life. Because we were designed to need others, it is no surprise that God wants us to pray to Him as a group of believers.
Question to Consider
How high a priority is prayer in your group life?
Pray that God will help you to be devoted to prayer and make prayer a priority.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.