In last week’s article, I redirected your focus to the topic of prayer. My motivation is simple-sometimes, we need a refreshing of perspective, a reviving of that which is old and familiar. The best way for this to happen is with a return to the Word of God. We need to go back and remember what it says about the powerful practice of prayer.
Last week, the emphasis was upon the Old Testament. This week, let’s consider the New Testament.
First, remember these incredible examples from the book of Acts:
• Acts 4:24a, 31-[T]hey lifted up their voice to God with one accord. . . . And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
• Acts 7:59-60-And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
• Acts 12:5, 7, 10a-Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. . . . And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. . . . When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out. . . .
*Read the entire chapters if you want to gain the full benefit of these great examples.
Second, remember these prayer promises from the New Testament:
• Mathew 7:7-11-Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
• I John 5:14-15-And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Once again, we are barely getting started by mentioning these few examples and verses from the New Testament. The point is that the Bible has firmly set prayer forth as a grand practice that can and should be practiced by the believer.
Allow God by His Spirit and through His Word stir you with fresh zeal for calling upon Him!
Renewing My Commitment to Prayer