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On Our Knees A Church on Her Knees. Acts 2:42; 4:24-31. The Priority & Practice of Prayer. How would you rate the current priority and practice of prayer in the life of ClearView Baptist Church?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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On Our Knees Changing Our Minds About Prayer

On Our KneesA Church on Her KneesActs 2:42; 4:24-31

What, in your opinion, needs to happen to strengthen the priority and practice of prayer at ClearView?The Priority & Practiceof PrayerHow would you rate the current priority and practice of prayer in the life of ClearView Baptist Church?2Different Views on PrayerA wide range of thoughts and practices exist among believers and churches concerning prayer.What are some things you have heard other people say about prayer?In what ways have you seen prayer emphasized in small group Bible studies?How have you seen churches emphasize the importance of prayer?www.doubtlessliving.com

3A Church on Her KneesOur goal today is to raise the level of the priority and practice of prayer at ClearView.We begin today by looking at the prayer life of the early church.

Acts 2:42; 4:24-31www.doubtlessliving.com

4The Early ChurchPrayed Regularly42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers.

Acts 2:42What was the priority of prayer among the early church?What should the priority be for our class? What should the priority be for our church?www.doubtlessliving.com

5The Book of Acts teaches us that prayer was the first instinct of the early church, not their last resort.Is it important to pray for problems before they occur? Why?Is it important to pray continuously for Gods will and direction? Why?The Early ChurchPrayed InstinctivelyIf we are more consistent in praying for issues when they are small we might not have to pray about them when they have been ignored and become HUGE. God would have answered earlier had we prayed earlier. Mark Marshall (11/18/12)6www.doubtlessliving.com

Lessons About Prayer24When they heard this, they all raised their voices to God and said, Master, You are the One who made the heaven, the earth, and the sea, and everything in them. 25You said through the Holy Spirit, by the mouth of our father David Your servant: Why did the Gentiles rage and the peoples plot futile things? 26The kings of the earth took their stand and the rulers assembled together against the Lord and against His Messiah.27For, in fact, in this city both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, 28to do whatever Your hand and Your plan had Acts 4:24-31www.doubtlessliving.com

7Lessons About Prayerpredestined to take place. 29And now, Lord, consider their threats, and grant that Your slaves may speak Your message with complete boldness, 30while You stretch out Your hand for healing, signs, and wonders to be performed through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus. 31When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak Gods message with boldness. Acts 4:24-31www.doubtlessliving.com

8How Must Churches PrayThe events in this passage took place after Peter and John had been arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin for their boldness in proclaiming salvation through Christ. This passage teaches us that:Churches must pray with perspective by realizing who they are talking to (v. 24).Churches must pray with balance by spending time in praise and adoration before getting to their petitions (v. 24).Churches must pray specifically by asking for what they wanted boldness (v. 29).Churches must pray for results!www.doubtlessliving.com

9A Church on Her KneesHopefully today the Holy Spirit has prompted you with thoughts on how you can strength your own prayer life in light of the early church's teachings.As you spend time in prayer in the coming days, remember the lessons we have learned today from the early church:Pray regularlyPray instinctivelyPray with perspectivePray with balancePray specificallyPray for resultswww.doubtlessliving.com

10Improvement IdeasThe pastor has asked every small group to email him their top three suggestions for strengthening the priority and practice of prayer within ClearView. Reflecting upon our initial discussion and upon our study today, what shall I tell him are our top three suggestions? www.doubtlessliving.com

11Prayer is a PrivilegePrayer is the privilege of those who already have God's favor.Pastor Mark Marshall November 11, 2012Lets close today with a two-part prayer: 1) Praise, adoration, and gratitude for who God is, and 2) requests for strengthening the prayer priority and practice of our class and the church at large.www.doubtlessliving.com

12On Our KneesA Church on Her KneesActs 2:42; 4:24-31