PRAYERS BY THE EARLY CHRUCH IN ACTS

THE BELIEVERS  PRAYERS IN THE EARLY CHURCH IN  ACTS

1A       AS THEY WAITED PENTECOST:         1:14

2A       FOR GOD’S DIRECTION IN CHOOSING A MAN TO
REPLACE JUDAS: 1-14

3A       AS A MARK OF CONTINUANCE IN THE CHRISTIAN
LIFE:  2:39-42

4A       AS A REGULARLY SCHEDULED EXERCISE: 3:1
AND 10:9

5A       FOR BOLDKNESS AND GOD’S BACKING IN
WITNESSING: 4:29-31

6A       FOR GOD’S GUIDANCE IN CHOOSING TABLE
SERVERS: 6:6

7A       FOR SPECIAL PRAYER OF LIFE TO DORCAS:
9:40

8A       FOR BARNABAS AND SAUL BEFORE THEY DEPARTED
AS MISSIONARIES 13:3

9A       FOR THE GROWTH OF NEW CHRISTIANS: 14:23

10A     FOR DELIVERANCE OF PETER FROM PRISON: 12:5

            1B       How
did they conceive God here?

1C       He is One whom we may continue to
ask.  The imperfect tense emphasizes
continual action in pasts times.

2C       He is One to whom group prayer is
important,. The whole church was praying, and there were many at this prayer
meeting.

3C       They approached Him with uncertain
faith.  They had prayer problems, but
they did pray. When the answer came, they could not believe but had at least
two other explanations: 12:15 and 12:16. Yet what grace is also here!  12:16. Despite uncertain faith God answered
prayer.

4C       They prayed not realizing that the answer
was even then walking to meet them.

5C       In this case, God used an angel to answer
their prayers.

11A     PRAYER AS THEY OPENED GOD’S WORK IN EUROPE,
A WHOLE CONTINENT: 16:13

            1B       They prayed before any report of fruit
was given.

2B       They thought of God as One whose work of
winning souls is furthered by an undergirding of prayer.

3B       They penetrated to heaven before God
penetrated to a heart 16:14.

4B       They prayed with perseverance for several
days before persecution arrived, not after the trouble started. 16:19

12A     PRAYER IN PRISION 16:25-30

            1B       Paul and Silas prayed at midnight.

2B       They did not talk over their situation
with other prisoners who were in no position to help them.

            3B       They sang hymns.

            4B       They met their situation with prayer and
not panic, singing and not sighing.

            5B       They depended upon God’s sufficiency,

6B       Their songs must have had the gospel in
the words.  The jailer knew the issue was
salvation and not religion.

13A     PRAYER WITH THE EPHESIANS ELDERS AFTER AN
ADDRESS: 20:36

1B       Paul is teaching them the place of
services and challenged them to be faithful, in feeding the flock of God.  20:28-32

            2B       The right concept of God and the right
attitude of a servant before Him.

14A     PRAYER OF FAREWELL TO CHRISTIANS IN
TYRE.  21:5

15A     PRAYER
IN THE JERUSALEM TEMPLE AND RECEPTION OF GOD’S COMMISSION: 22:17

16A     PRAYER IN THE HEALING OF MANY ON THE ISLAND
OF MALTA:  28:8-9

 

Summary:

1                   
What a place, then, is given to prayer
in the lives of theses early believers who werer often so effective in doing
and communicating the will of Christ?

2                   
We who seek to follow in their footsteps
as men of God today should among other things, follow them as men of prayer.

 

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About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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