Let Us Pray
By Jeff Klick
"Hope" in our church's name is an acronym which stands for House of Prayer Effectual. When this church was birthed, it was part of my vision to have a church full of praying people. I realize that we can do nothing apart from the Holy Spirit. If any activity or action is not breathed by the Holy Spirit, it will not produce life. We must be a people who pray.
Jesus often withdrew to pray. The early church prayed. The great fathers of the faith prayed. We must pray! Let's look at some great movings of the Spirit in the Bible and see if we can see why He moved.
In Acts, shortly after Jesus went to the Father, we see that all the disciples "were in one accord and in prayer and supplication." What was the result? The place in which they were was shaken by the power of the Holy Spirit; they all began to speak in tongues, and over 3,000 souls were added to the kingdom that day alone! If we read the first few chapters of Acts carefully, we see that Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem, and they spent the next ten days in intense prayer. Their hearts were ready, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit came.
The apostles realized the importance of prayer. When a dispute arose over widows being cared for, the answer was to appoint men to take care of it, "for we must devote ourselves to pray."
In the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the house of Cornelius at Caesarea, we see the effect of prayer. Cornelius was praying and had a vision. An angel told him that his prayers had risen before God and He heard him. Peter was praying on his roof and had a vision. As a result of these two men praying, the Gentiles had a revival that reached to you and me!
Let me give you a few quotes from Andrew Murray:
"It is prayer that lies at the root of the spiritual life and power of the Church."
"It is prayer which is the link between the King on the throne and the Church at His footstool."
"As one looks back upon these chapters in the history of the Pentecostal Church, how clear the two great truths stand out: where there is much prayer there will be much of the Spirit; where there is much of the Spirit there will be ever-increasing prayer. So clear is the living connection between the two, that when the Spirit is given in answer to prayer it ever wakens more prayer to prepare for the fuller revelation and communication of His Divine power and grace. If prayer was thus the power by which the Primitive Church flourished and triumphed, is it not the one need of the Church of our days?"
"Heaven is still as full of stores of spiritual blessing as it was then. God still delights to give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him. Our life and work are still as dependent on the direct impartation of Divine power as they were in Pentecostal times. Prayer is still the appointed means for drawing down these heavenly blessings in power on ourselves and those around us. God still seeks for men and women who will, with all their other work of ministering, specially give themselves to persevering prayer.
Jesus, after His resurrection, ascended to the right hand of the Father to make intercession for all of eternity. Shouldn't we pray as well? Join me in the exciting work of prayer, and let's see God move in Hope Family Fellowship!