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Power of a praying church – Part 2

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The essence of prayer is its result. It is delightsome to note that God responded to the prayer of the early church to confirm His presence in their midst and in fulfillment 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 bui0lder of His church, He has given to the church “the keys of the kingdom to bind and to loose”.

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With the 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).

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The gathering of the church to pray must be with a purpose, rather than mere routine activities involving her members. Prayer is a mighty weapon in the church with unprecedented outcomes upon the church, the world, and God’s Kingdom. Earnest, sincere heartfelt prayers based upon the word of promise attract great results. (i) God’s presence and power (Acts 4; 31); (ii) Embolden the saints to witness to the resurrection power of Christ (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 saints from trouble (Acts12:5-11; 16:25-27).

The effectual fervent prayer of the church also routs the adversary of the gospel work, breaks strongholds, and renders impotent all man-made laws and edicts hindering the cause of Christ, makes the church glow and gracious, as well as fulfills the overall objectives of Christ for the church.

Further Reading (King James Version): Acts 4:23-31; 13:1-3; 1:12-14; 2:1-4; Acts 4:23-31; 12:12; 13:1-3;1:15; John 9:31; Ephesians 6:18; Matthew 21:22; Jeremiah 29:11-13; 33:3; Ezekiel 36:11,37; Acts 4:31; Matthew 18:18,19; 16:16-19; 21:22; Mark 11:24; I John 5:14,15; Acts 4:31,33; 14:3; 12:5-11,24; 13:1-3; Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 6:18-20; Acts 16:13-18; 5:12,14-16.

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