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February 20, 2022: The Praying Church (Week 2)


Church Prayer
 
So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said:  “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth…And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.  Acts 4:24,31
 
Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. Acts 12:5
 
The concept is simple.  The church gathers together for prayer with every member lifting up a voice in agreement for issues that affect the entire church.  Corporate prayer is mobilizing the entire church into spiritual agreement.
 
Ministry of prayer
 
She was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.  Luke 2:37
 
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.  Ezek 22:30
 
He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Isaiah 50:16
 
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints- and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.  Eph 6:18-19
 
One area that is so important in Church life is the ministry of prayer and intercession.  While all believers are called to pray, some give themselves more diligently and fervently to specific and strategic intercession.  Groups of intercessors can be assigned to specific ministries and to pertinent issues in the church, the city, the Nation, and even the nations of the world.

For more info on prayer visit: World Network of Prayer