Thank God, for the privilege of prayer. For communing with the creator of the universe and the lover of our souls. I suppose God could have done anything He wanted to do. Perhaps, He could have chosen to be unapproachable, but He didn’t!
How marvelous it is that the creator has invited us to draw near to Him. Isn’t it wonderful that we can draw near to Him in time of trouble? And much more importantly, the Bible says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4: 16).
God’s Word reveals that God hears and answers prayer. Therefore it is important that we learn how to pray.
Now, let’s continue this very important subject of “Kinds Of Prayer!” Today we will briefly discuss “The United Prayer!”
United Prayer is when the entire congregation or group would lift up their voices aloud in one accord praying to God for the same thing. Let’s look in the Book of Acts for some references and examples:
ACTS 1: 14
14 And these all continued with ONE ACCORD in prayer and supplication, with the women…
ACTS 4: 23, 24
23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priest and elders had said unto them.
24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with ONE ACCORD, and said Lord thou are God…
Take note they all at once and they all prayed aloud. This is what is known as united or
corporate prayer. Now let’s look at the united prayer of Paul and Silas.
Remember, Paul and Silas were beaten and thrust into the inner prison with their feet put in stocks, for preaching the Gospel. But instead of griping and complaining about their difficult circumstances, Paul and Silas lifted up their voices together in United Prayer and praised to God.
ACTS 16: 25 - 26
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas PRAYED, and SANG PRAISES UNTO GOD: and THHE PRISONERS HEARD THEM.
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so THAT THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE PRISON WAS SHAKEN: and immediately all the doors were open, and everyone’s bands were loosed.
My dear friend, look at the results of this United Prayer. The prayer caused the earth and the jail to shake. That is not all that happened. The jailer got saved the same night. Here is the record of that event.
ACTS 16: 30 – 33
“…Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved;” “… And was baptized, he and all his, straightway.”
I believe that we here in the Church of the Firstborn, SA, should practice this kind of prayer more often and see the earth shake here in the City of Schertz. This is the United Prayer, look at the results of this kind of prayer. Praise the Lord.
Word for Today: "A Bold Vision"
Do you have a “Vision?” I hope so, because it’s vital to your overall success and achievement in life. Fred Pryor has said, “Vision is a process that allows you to think ahead to where you want to be and to create workable plans to lead you there…” On a similar note, Tom Peters said, “Good business leaders create a Vision, articulate the Vision, passionately own the Vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” These men are simply agreeing with what the Bible says in Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no Vision, the people perish.” Here is a Bold Word for every one of us today, “Ask God To Help You Create A Bold Vision For Your Future.”