Read: Acts 21:1-17
Think: “…the entire congregation, including women and children, left the city and came down to the shore with us. There we knelt, prayed and said our farewells.” Luke described what Christians for centuries have done together—we have prayed with other believers on our knees. Prayer is one of the most powerful resources we have as Christians. It is something we can do with believers in others nation and cultures, who live in different time zones, who attend different churches, or who belong to other denominations. Prayer is a universal method of communication that brings the living God more visibly and more audibly into our lives.
Act: When we call on His Name of Jesus and ask for His help together with other believers, we grow in expectancy and hope. When we pray together with and for others, we bring their needs to the One who is all-powerful and all-knowing into every situation. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (martyred pastor during World War II) in his book, Life Together, wrote, “A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses.” Wow! How does that describe your personal prayer life or the prominence of prayer in your church? Consider today, attending a weekly prayer meeting at your church or starting a weekly prayer gathering in your neighborhood or workplace. Kneel and pray together with and for other believers and watch God work!
Pray: Dear Lord, give me conviction to pray with and for others. Show me how to reorder my day so that I spend time daily bringing the needs of others to you. Increase my desire to intercede for others alongside of others, to share in their burdens, and bring their requests to You. Help me to pray in expectation! I love you, Lord. Amen.
Be full of faith today!