20 Sep Prayer in Acts
I’m not sure where the following article is from, but I have it on a sheet of paper in my office. It’s basically a list of how prayer was at work in the book of Acts. The book of Acts is important because it shows what the first actions of the early church were as they were the ones closest to the teachings of Jesus. Today, would you take some time to pray prayers for Basque Country similar to what the early church prayed for the people around them.
If we want to see a God-empowered church planting movement initiated, it will require God’s power. God acts in response to His people’s prayers. We know for a certainty that God wants everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). We know that He will build His church (Matthew 16:18). We know that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us and will give us what we request (1 John 5:14-15). Therefore, we need to ask.
Acts 1:24 praying before choosing leaders
Acts 4:31 (23-24a, 31-35) after persecution praying for boldness…great growth and
Acts 6:6 (6-7) praying before choosing leaders…great growth resulted.
Acts 9:40 (40-42) praying for signs and wonders…resulting in great growth.
Acts 10-11 (Cornelius) prayer surrounded every aspect of the crossing over of the gospel to the Gentiles… a new people group.
Acts 12:12 praying for the release of Peter from prison.
Acts 13:1-3 praying before setting aside the first missions/church planting team, Paul and Barnabas
Acts 14:23 praying before setting aside new believers in new churches as leaders.
Acts 16:25 praying in prison, resulting in conversion of jailer’s household and their
Acts 20:36 praying when departing from a church he had planted, leaving them “on their
Acts 21:5 praying when commending Paul to a dangerous situation and certain imprisonment for the sake of the gospel.
Acts 22:17 praying in worship and receiving guidance as to future ministry plans.
Acts 28:8 praying for signs and wonders.