Today’s devotional Scripture reading is Acts 1:14, "They all joined together constantly in prayer..."
In Acts 2:42-47 we read how the first century believers “devoted themselves” to the teaching of the apostles, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and prayer. It was a powerful church. Their commitment was rooted in their dependence on the LORD. For the early church, prayer was not an afterthought, or the Christian way to start and end a worship gathering. Prayer was not an addendum to the “real work” of the apostles. Prayer was central, it was a way of life then, and it must be for us now.
When we gather with other believers to pray we “encourage one another and build one another up” [1 Thessalonians 5:11]. In corporate prayer we have the opportunity to remind our brothers and sisters that God will never forsake us [Hebrews 13:5], that nothing can separate us from the love of God [Romans 8:39], and that we have a Savior who sympathizes with our weaknesses [Hebrews 4:15]. As we regularly come together to pray, unity in the body is strengthened [Ephesians 4:3]. As we pray, the Lord works to draw others to Himself. We see in Acts that “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” [Acts 2:47].
God gave us the example of the early church, as seen in Acts, to inspire and encourage us over 2,000 years later about the power and priority of corporate prayer. "And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness" [Acts 4:31].
Much love and care,
Greece Assembly of God
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