Role of prayer and the holy spirit in acts kingdom living. Acts is the story of the apostles bearing spiritempowered witness to jesus christ in jerusalem acts 1. I have seen god heal the sick and disabled, miraculously open doors to meet government officials, and use me and others to work his will in ways i could never have imagined. Prayer is the direct petition into the heart of god. A perusal of the acts of the apostles will reveal that early christians engaged in prayer. Acts is one of the larger books of the bible that contains many special insights and faith inspirations. Luke recorded three rejections by the jews to peter and the apostles associated with him to the message of repentance and proclamation of the kingdom. Understanding the purpose and power of prayer by myles munroe. Study the lesson carefully, taking time to meditate and apply the principles you will learn. The book of acts provides a bridge for the writings of the nt. Acts 1 new international version niv jesus taken up into heaven. Understanding the purpose and power of prayer myles munroe paperback, 238 pagespublished by whitaker house,u. Acts records the apostles being christs witnesses in jerusalem, judea, samaria, and the surrounding world. The power of prayer comes from the omnipotent one who hears our prayers and answers them.
The meaning of miracles in the book of acts is best understood by defining the words used to describe these miracles. These barriers to a fulfilling life are connected and will be totally resolved by understanding and applying the truths in this book. Not only did this display gods power over the physical realm, but it showed the. Set up church expanding miracles and healings continuing. Before receiving the holy spirit, the disciples were fighting one another for a position in the kingdom while on the way to jerusalem before the lords crucifixion. Prayer secret, fervent, believing prayer lies at the root of all personal godliness. Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul. Christians often use a simple acrostic as a guide to prayer. May 19, 2018 dr myles munroe the book of acts new sermon 2017 dr myles munroe the book of acts new sermon 2017 dr myles munroe the book of acts new sermon 2017. Sermon from acts 4 on the church unified in purpose.
Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing. The 120 were gathered in an upper room praying in one accord when pentecost comes acts 1. When he sent the holy spirit, god planned to do great things. Reference to prayer is found 31 times in the book of acts, 11 more than any other new testament book. Nine times in the book of acts the word is coupled with, and it occurs four times alone. Jul 19, 2018 the book of acts is unlike any other biblical book. The prayer meeting in acts marks the turning point of acts, as the central sending base for mission shifted from jerusalem to antioch. Each of the letters in this acrostic stands for one of the key elements of prayer. This lesson will help you understand why prayer is so important to our christian life. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any. The book is in four parts, the first part talks about the purpose and priority of prayer and the reason so many people pray even though they do not understand or realise the power that prayer holds. Of all the books in the bible, acts is the only one without a definite ending.
While much of acts is descriptive rather than prescriptive, in this particular way. Bounds on prayer hendrickson christian classics, a hardback 3in1 compilation that includes a short biography of bounds. The book of acts records the mighty works of god for and through his church in. After the acts 4 prayer, it seems as though the apostles received a power boost from the holy spirit, which filled them directly after the prayer acts 4. The entire book of acts describes how they continued the ministry of jesus through prayer and the power of the holy spirit. Watch our overview video on the book of acts, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. But the primary purpose of prayer is to bring our lives into harmony with gods perfect will for the whole of. May god use this account from the book of acts to help us to have a strong prayer life. The implications of this are that the people and places mentioned in the book are historically true and present a factual picture of the events that turned the world upside down, as acts 17. As we go through the book, well see a simple formula repeated over and over again. Prayer in the book of acts washington dc international. The order can be mixed up sometimes it is good to start with thanksgiving, and remind ourselves about the things that god has done for us, before making our requests supplication to god. The power of prayer is not based on a certain direction we face or a certain position of our bodies.
This is the story of christianitys beginnings and how evangelism played a role in the spread of faith around the world. The clear message of luke through pauls missionary journeys is that while the apostle circled back to build up the church, the word of god only. Take your bible if you will this morning and look with me at matthew chapter 6. Jan 02, 2020 the power of prayer is not based on a certain direction we face or a certain position of our bodies. But not only does this acrostic remind us of the elements of prayer, it shows us the priority we ought to give to each. Understanding the purpose and power of prayer paperback july 1, 2002. Were going to be beginning a study of the disciples prayer in matthew 6. The word that comes to mind when you read about the holy spirit and prayer in relation to the people of god in the book of acts is dependence. If youve hung out in church long enough, youve probably heard of this acronym for prayer. In verses 35, luke writes that peter is arrested by king herod and put in prison. The power of deeprooted prayer most believers have two serious problems. No one could ever claim the power came from peter or paul. The book of acts affirms prayer as a central element of worship under christ. The book of acts sermon series hope bible church oakville.
Acts twentynine prayer ministry the book of acts is a history of the workings of the holy spirit and a testimony to the limitless power, which has been made available to those who trust god. I definitely recommend this book, and anything else by bounds on prayer. The book of acts describes the true history of the early church and the spread of the gospel. Acts prayer acronym model a guide with printable pdf. The bible book of acts comes at a special time in the gospel story of jesus christ. Understanding the purpose and power of prayer quotes by myles. Precious seed view or print articles from the precious seed. By acts 19 the center would be ephesus, in modern day turkey.
The first element of prayer should be adoration, or praise. The book of acts is a narrative book that documents the launch of and the continual work of the holy spirit through the early church. The power and purpose of prayer sermon by carlis clinton. The book of acts was likely written between ad 61 and 64. The recipient of the book, theophilus, is the same person addressed in the first volume, the gospel of luke see introduction to luke. The acts method of christian prayer goes like this. When only 3% of a nation adopt a practice, it can transform that nation. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. The book of acts was written to provide a history of the early church. Prayer has a powerful affect on the way things are viewed, we must never underestimate the power prayer has to alter perceptions. Ensure that your christian prayer is complete by remembering acts not the book of the bible, but the acronym. Prayer is always an expression of our complete dependence on god, and often also of our urgent need for help and deliverance. Give god praise and honor for who he is as lord over all. God has sovereignly ordained the corporate praying of a church, such that his.
It is in that moment that the church was set aflame. The book of acts provides a detailed, orderly, eyewitness account of the birth and growth of the early church and the spread of the gospel immediately after the resurrection of jesus christ. Our prayer meetings dont seem to convey that sort of power. Acts prayer acronym model a guide with printable pdf sample.
Praying through the book of acts acts of the apostles spiritual. Acts 2 new international version niv the holy spirit comes at pentecost. The disciples thought of miraculous acts as acts of power, but the power was derived directly from god. Prayer precedes nearly every significant event in acts. They realized that the mission they were on could not be accomplished by their own power and. Central to that early church life was the role of supplication in prayer. Jan 01, 2001 the book is in four parts, the first part talks about the purpose and priority of prayer and the reason so many people pray even though they do not understand or realise the power that prayer holds. From the very beginning of his book, luke, the author, sheds light into the activities of those new testament christians. Prayer in the early church patterns in acts focus online. Everything you need to fulfill your purpose on earth is available to you through prayer.
This truth leads us to where we are today in studying the book of acts read acts 12. In the latter portion of acts, luke recorded three rejections of the jews to pauls overtures of salvation. Its basically a list of how prayer was at work in the book of acts. There was power and boldness that is lacking in many of our churches. But the primary purpose of prayer is to bring our lives into harmony with gods perfect. In fact, the word bold or boldness is used more time in the book of acts than any other book of the bible. He states that prayer is not just an activity, a ritual, or an obligation. When peter was asked by what power he healed the lame man at the gate of the temple, he said. If i have read my bible correctly, these incredible things should not be considered unusual in the lives.
It is an important book in understanding how we can be directed by the holy spirit and the role of jesus lessons in our lives. You can find this along with the essentials of prayer, and power through prayer in e. In acts, jesus sends the holy spirit to empower his disciples as they carry. Dr myles munroe the book of acts new sermon 2017 dr myles munroe the book of acts new sermon 2017 dr myles munroe the book of acts new sermon 2017. My prayer for you today is that you take these bible verses you just read and do something with them. The book of acts indicates that prayer is the first job of missions. Secondly, prayer was offered in accordance with the scriptures, using relevant quotations from the old testament.
And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the lord jesus, and great grace was on all of them acts 4. Jun 05, 2015 acts is the story of the apostles bearing spiritempowered witness to jesus christ in jerusalem acts 1. The book of acts the book of acts recalls the sending of the third person of the trinity the holy spirit given, granted to every born again believer in order to glorify christ. Bible study tips for the book of acts unlocking the bible. The purpose of the book of acts is governed by the jews response to peter and paul.
There are courses like this available all across the u. It is fervent and persistent prayer in acts 1 that precedes the coming of the spirit in power in acts 2. The method of the acts prayer model is a guide to how to pray, it is not a rigid format. Acts 1 niv jesus taken up into heaven in my bible gateway. While much of acts is descriptive rather than prescriptive, in this particular way, we can learn a lot about the power of prayer. Purpose in prayer is the foundation of fervent effectual prayer. In his book living life on purpose, greg anderson shares the story of one mans journey to joy. When the church prays the priority of praying together acts 5. The disciples prayed for wisdom in knowing who judas replacement should be acts 1. Too often we just take information in and then move on to the next project or. Principles of powerful prayer in the book of acts precious seed. Purposes of the book of acts reformed bible studies. As we consider prayer in this book of the early history of the church and the. Dr myles munroe the book of acts new sermon 2017 youtube.
The book of acts is unlike any other biblical book. The book of acts is an important book for understanding the actions of the apostles, mostly paul and peter, after jesuss ascension into heaven. Neither the third gospel nor the acts provide an explicit statement of authorship, but the testimony of the early church is clear, and there is internal evidence that demonstrates lucan authorship. The power of prayer does not come from the use of artifacts or icons or candles or beads. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. Acts 1011 cornelius prayer surrounded every aspect of the crossing over of the gospel to the gentiles a new people group. Nov 04, 2010 though there are other themes surrounding prayer in the book of acts, the theme of the holy spirits power working through the early church is the one under which all others fall. Pastor carlis clinton community seventhday adventist church esl english as a second language classes are for people who want to learn english as a second language. Alexander states the purpose of acts in his commentary, as. And she opened her eyes, and when she saw peter she sat up. The gospels matthew, mark, luke, and john describe the life and ministry of jesus christ when he was in the flesh, while much of the rest of the new testament is made up of letters written by the apostles to the early church after the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of jesus. The book of acts sheds light on the gift of the holy spirit, who empowers, guides, teaches, and serves as our counselor.
In many circles, its considered the best way to pray. The christian or church that prays will know the presence of god, the power of god, and the purpose of god. As weve already said, luke wrote the book of acts and the purpose was probably so wed have a historical record of how the church started and how it grew and. Either way, i hope you find inspiration to help you go deeper in your prayer time with the lord. The book of acts is important because it shows what the first actions of the early church were as they were the ones closest to the teachings of jesus. Oct 04, 2016 watch our overview video on the book of acts, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. The church would have never survived had others not been praying i think we can say if people werent praying tcapl would have closed. The acts of the apostles was written by a physician named lucian in english luke. The second prayer of power in acts is found in chapter 12. The emphasis of the book is the fulfillment of the great commission. A closing prayer lord god, almighty and everlasting father, you have brought us in safety to this new day. What acts teaches us about the advancement of the gospel. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity.
There is a reference to prayer 31 times in this book, and prayer is present before almost any significant event described by luke. Prayer in acts im not sure where the following article is from, but i have it on a sheet of paper in my office. Peter healed a man who had been lame for forty years in the temple court. Understanding the purpose and power of prayer myles munroe. The biblicallybased, timetested principles in this book will ignite and transform the way you pray. Reading the book of acts, we are enlightened and encouraged by the power of the gospel as it spread throughout the world and transformed lives. God, god almighty, god the creator of manthis same god, in all his power and all his majesty, stops and listens when you pray. Praying through the book of acts free download as word doc. Precious seed view or print articles from the precious. The book of acts records the mighty works of god for and through his church in its early years, and clearly connects them to unified, corporate prayer. It is important that we understand the importance of praying then and now.426 802 204 324 1038 64 1182 1483 312 992 1075 1342 536 157 1445 351 725 1521 1542 68 1271 1176 401 746 360 1363 605 473 1202 1525 1163 194 333 611 1004 572 982 83 500