We will never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians (Charles Spurgeon).
Every Sunday, while Spurgeon preached, hundreds of believers interceded for him in the “furnace room” while he delivered God’s Word. Spurgeon credited the success of his pulpit ministry to all who passionately prayed with believing hearts while he preached.
My heart has always been encouraged by reading and studying the prayer meetings in the early church as recorded in the book of Acts.
Peter and John were jailed for preaching the resurrection of Jesus Christ (4:1-3) and many believed (4:4). Upon further declaration of the preeminence of Christ and being threatened to not preach in Jesus’ name, they were released (4:8-22).
Where did Peter and John go? They didn’t go home for a vacation. They didn’t go to a weekly therapy session. They didn’t share their treatment on Facebook. They went straight to a prayer meeting! Read about it in 4:23-30.
Now take note of 4:31, And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.
What place does prayer occupy in your life in reference to the Sunday ministry at BCBC?
When’s the last time you gathered in corporate prayer then saw a move of God to follow?
Are you willing to gather with other believers in faith-believing prayer for the lost souls of men, for the work of repentance in the hearts of unbelievers and believers, for the work of the Spirit to draw men to Christ, for the place to be shaken, for the Word of God to be proclaimed with boldness, for a mighty move of God?
Sunday’s coming. Will you pray? Will you join us at 8:30 a.m. for believing prayer? Will you pray during the morning gathering? Will you pray with others? Will you be willing to gather a group together and have a prayer meeting before heading home for the day?
Spurgeon is right, We will never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians.