Why does the prayer meeting have such priority in the early church? Why was prayer the first thing Jesus established when He built His church? When He left for heaven, why did He leave a praying congregation behind?
Why was every member present there involved in “prayer and supplication”? What motivated all the new members—by the thousands—to become prayer meeting members, and to do so at once? How could they raise and uphold this kind of a standard for every member? To ask such questions is to ask God for some of His greatest secrets for our congregations.
Our Lord did not hide these secrets. They are written plainly in the blueprint He left so that we could work together with Him in building churches according to His plans. How exciting that we can be workers together with God!
And what a fellowship in the building! He is always the Master Builder—but He works in and with and through and for us, and always according to His Word. By His Holy Spirit He does it all from heaven. He watches over the blueprint of His Word ever so closely. Let us make sure we work according to His Word, too, as He did!
Lord Jesus, how amazing it is that You work in, through and for me by the power of Your Holy Spirit, and that You desire for me to work alongside of Your purposes in prayer. Help me to encourage and participate in the corporate prayer life of my own body of believers, even as You teach me more and more about the power of seeking Your face and joining You in Your work on this earth.
–Adapted from With One Accord in One Place: The Role of Prayer in the Early Church by Armin Gesswein. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise the one who came as the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6). Thank Jesus for giving peace to his beloved ones (Jn. 14:27). Confess those times when you’ve allowed Satan to fill your soul with unrest. Commit yourself to bearing the fruit of peace by the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Ask God to guard your heart and mind today with his peace (Phil. 4:7).
Warfare, bloodshed, strife, and turmoil mar every corner of the globe these days. But the good news is that Christ came “to reconcile to himself all things . . . by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Col. 1:20). Pray for all those who seek to bring Christ’s reconciliation to a restless world.
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