One of the marks of the Early Church was that they devoted themselves to certain values that were the reason behind their success. One of these marks was a high emphasis was placed on prayer. Note these references in the Book of Acts:
“All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers” (Acts 1:14).
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).
“But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).
Leonard Ravenhill says, “The Church has many praying men, but few men of prayer.” Why is this? Why is it so difficult to get persons to attend a prayer service, or even to spend time in prayer alone with the Lord. Jesus certainly gave us the example when “He went out to the mountain to pray, and all night He continued in prayer to God” (Luke 6:12). Was it a command to do this or was it His desire that the Father work through Him in His ministry?
Prayer cannot be legislated or demanded. Devotion to prayer comes from allowing God to change our hearts and showing us how much He wants us to fellowship with Him in what He is doing in this world. When this happens, prayer will become our top priority and our devotion.
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