Start Praying Again

Daily Devotional

Acts 4:31-33 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. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

Prayerlessness is one reason why we don’t see the move of God the same way that the early church did. In Matthew 17:21 when the disciples could not cast out the demon out of the man’s son who was possessed, Jesus told them that “this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting”. The message that Jesus was sending to them was clear – prayer and fasting is critical to us manifesting the power of God.  With this understanding some members of the early church made it a practice to pray several times throughout the day; these times include 9 am, which is the third hour, 12 noon or sixth hour and 3 pm or the ninth hour.  It was when Peter was on his way to the temple to pray at 3 pm in the afternoon that the lame man was healed. To break prayerlessness, we must make it a practice to talk to God more frequently.

When we break prayerlessness, things are bound to change. Acts 4:31-33 highlighted five (5) things that happened when the early church prayed. Firstly, there was the shaking or move of God and what followed thereafter was that they were filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke the word of God with boldness. In addition to these the scripture said that they were “of one heart and of one soul” and “with great power” they were witnesses of Jesus. A lot will be accomplished if we decide to pray again.

Life Application: Let us pray again by asking God to rekindle our passion for prayer and make prayer a priority by scheduling several times of prayer daily. Let praying without ceasing as per 1 Thessalonians 5:17 be the primary goal.

Prayer: Father, rekindle my passion for prayer and your word. May I pray without ceasing and operate in your gifts that you have purposed for my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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