Getting Serious About God (3)
“All the believers devoted themselves to…prayer.” Ac 2:42 NLT
They took prayer seriously. The New Testament church was conceived in the womb of prayer. After ten days of united prayer in the upper room, “Everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit” (v. 4 NLT). What happened next? They launched a church that’s still impacting the world after two thousand years. Did their prayer-life diminish once the church was established? Not in the least! “All the believers devoted themselves…to prayer.” It remained a prayer-conditioned fellowship. It was born, bathed and brought to fruition in prayer. They bequeathed us the empowering biblical principle that nothing important and lasting happens without prayer. Today if you want to get a small crowd in church, call a prayer meeting! Question: How much do you pray? What makes you a stranger to the place of prayer? Is it the myth that prayer is hard work? It’s not—if your priorities are right. Do you wear yourself out, sweating over things as though everything’s up to you? Prayer will make the hard parts of your life easier, and more fruitful. Consistent prayer lifts you to a higher, positive place where you learn how to accomplish more while experiencing a deep peace of heart and soul. Jesus said: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me…I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Mt 11:28-30 TM). Seriously, can there be a better way to live?