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Time To Get Back To Prayer

 

(Acts 6:2-4)  “So the Twelve called the whole group of disciples together and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect messages from God in order to wait on tables.  Therefore, brothers, appoint seven men among you who have a good reputation, who are full of the Spirit and wisdom, and we will put them in charge of this work. Then we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 

(Revelation 2:4-5)  However, I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first.  Therefore, remember how far you have fallen. Repent and go back to what you were doing at first. If you don’t, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place—unless you repent. 

 

 

Do you remember when you first received Christ in your heart as Lord and Savior?  Do you remember how you could go on for hours reading the Bible getting filled with revelation? How you waited with anticipation for the next meeting with other believers?  How you would break down to cry during the time of worship because the love of Jesus became so overwhelming? If all these feelings are far in the past for you, it’s time to get back to prayer.

I am still amazed at the level of diligence, commitment, and sacrifice in other religions compared to some of the followers of Christ.  The Muslims have five prayer calls a day, of which one of them is at dawn.  Try having a prayer meeting in your church at 6 in the morning and see what happens.  It will depress and frustrate you.  When I was a Hindu, fasting was a regular practice at home and when I say fasting, I mean fasting.  

The greatest growth in the history of the Church happened in the first months after Christ ascended to Heaven.  This growth was not like today based on tradition, fashion, or the pursuit of blessings.  It was a growth that was accompanied by persecution, and therefore every convert was truly hungry and thirsty for righteousness.  They met daily, prayer was their source of life, and sharing all they had with other believers was common practice.

However, the Apostles realized that they had forsaken their time in prayer in order to assist the needs each individual had.  Though it was something that was needed at the time, it started to affect the Apostles’ personal growth, anointing, and effectiveness in ministry.  They quickly made the changes necessary by assigning natural responsibilities to younger believers and they focused on filling themselves daily with the Holy Spirit through prayer and studying God’s Word.  This resulted in an increase in disciples that continued to spread the Gospel around the world.

If you are still tormented by your passions before you were saved, if you still struggle with anger and get easily offended, if you get bored in church, if you no longer feel like raising your hands in worship or are self-conscious to pray out loud, then its time to get back to prayer.

 

 

Sometimes we mature in our faith and knowledge of God so much that we forget to cherish and seek the soft voice of love that used to melt our hearts.

 


Prayers

  • Heavenly Father, You are Lord who redeems the soul of His servant. Lord who will avenge the blood of His servant.  The Lord who makes His face shine upon His servant.
  • Thank You Father for the love that took over our hearts when we first surrendered to Jesus.
  • Forgive us for becoming so busy in the natural that we have forsaken the time in the Spiritual.
  • Help us to get back to the initial feelings of joy, love, and complete trust that stayed with us when we started walking with Christ.
  • Forgive us for ignoring our personal time with you. Please bring back to us our first love.
  • Show us how to make the necessary changes in order to return to our time of prayer.
  • We ask that as we start to get back to You, we will see immediate results of our obedience.
  • We ask for a new hunger and thirst to be with You.
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  • We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

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