What has happened to our discipline for prayer?
Praying people brought forth many great victories for God in the earth. The Church itself started out of a prayer meeting. Jesus told them to “tarry” in Jerusalem until they received the promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit. This was a 10 day prayer meeting.
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
Victory after victory came to the early church as they prayed. This was not only their reality, but our example.
Prayer is the first in effectiveness when it comes to laboring for God. Our first prayer in the role of the laborer is to ask the Lord of the Harvest to send laborers into the harvest field.
Mat. 9:38/ Luke 10:2
Prayer is the first in bearing the image of Jesus, the great intercessor.
Luke 18:6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said^;
7 now shall not God bring about justice for His elect, who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?
Rev. 8:2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God; and seven trumpets were given to them. 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5 And the angel took the censer; and he filled it with the fire of the altar and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
Your prayers have a spiritual life span. Think about it, your prayers don’t die when you pray them, rather they become a spiritual reality sent to God and then sent back to the earth with a power to create change. Look at what happens through the insights in Revelation 8. When we pray fervent prayers, those prayers ascend to heaven directly to the altar where our prayers are mixed with incense and fire from the altar. This when the sacrificial power of the Lamb is mixed with our prayer. At that point – answers and interventions from God are thrown back to the earth in a demonstration of spiritual power.
Lord revive our faith in the power of prayer!
Lord revive our discipline to pray!
Lord restore the joy of victories through prayer!