The power of a praying church – Part 2
It is delightsome to note that God responded to the prayer of the early church to confirm His presence in their midst and in fulfilment of His promise (Jeremiah 33:3).
Today, our God will not do otherwise. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Though the Lord is the builder of His church, He has given to the church “the keys of the kingdom to bind and to loose.”
With utmost assurance of answer to prayer, the church is variously enjoined in scriptures to pray.
The redeemed, with holy hands and pure heart, should in faith take their position in God’s presence.
The promises of God cover numerous areas of the Church life.
Whether the problem is emotional, physical, spiritual, matrimonial, or national, prayer is the solution.
Individual members in the church are called to pray, elders should pray and the entire congregations are to pray.
God’s promises of answered prayer for the church covers Sinners’ conversion (Acts 2:21; Psalm 2:8), Family needs (Acts 16:32), Nations’ requests (Psalm 2:8; Romans10: 1-3), People in authority and all men (I Timothy 2:1-4), Church Leaders (Ephesians 6:18-20; Colossians 4:3-4), Church work (Matthew 16:18,19), individual requests (James 5:13), Wrestling territorial powers (Ephesians 6:12,16; 2Corinthians 10:4-6).
The gathering of the church to pray must be with a purpose, rather than mere routine activities involving members.
Prayer is a mighty weapon in the church with unprecedented outcomes upon the church, the world and God’s kingdom.
Earnest, sincere heart-prayers based upon the word of promise accomplish much, and this includes: (i) God’s presence and power (Acts 4; 31); (ii) Embolden the saints to witness (Acts 4:31; 19:8; 14:3; 13:46); (iii) Believers are empowered, for exploits (Acts 2:1-4; 4:33; 1:8); (iv) Growth of the church (Acts 5:12,14); (v) Spiritual strength and maturity (Ephesians 3:14-21; Colossians1: 9-11); (vi) Prosecution of world evangelisation through mission outreaches (Acts 13:1-3; 1:8; Mark16: 15); (vii) Healing, signs and wonders (Acts14:3; 5: 12; 12: 5-11); (viii) God’s visitation to release incarcerated saints (Acts12:5-11; 16:25-27).
The effectual prayer of the church emboldens believers to witness to the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, routs the adversary of the gospel work, enhances the spread of the gospel and the process of world’s evangelisation, breaks strongholds and renders impotent all man-made laws and edicts hindering the cause of Christ.
Prayer also makes the church grow, glow and gracious, releases imprisoned saints and fulfils the objectives of the church.
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