church history (part4)

The early/first church formed immediately after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ in the first century was amazing, full of power and impacted the then world as far as Rome within a short time. What was their secret? In Acts 13, Luke records “… While they were praying, fasting and worshipping the Lord, the Holy Spirit said: ….”
Prayer is the part we play in focusing God’s purpose and power upon a specific point of need. God has given us the privilege and responsibility of working out His will on earth as it is in Heaven. He promises to back up our prayers of faith with His power and authority.  God wants us to share in the same excitement and joy which the first church had. We will pray for ALL member countries that each of us in the network represents – over 20 nations with focus. With specific prayer comes a sense of definite expectation.
Sometimes we just need to come before God “praying, fasting and worshipping the Lord” without a specific agenda or shopping least. Not that we do not have needs or the world is perfect but because He is Perfect and worthy of our reverence, acknowledgement, thanksgiving etc.
Paul writing to the Philippians (4v6-8) says  Do not be anxious for anything; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
There many things to thank God for. Thank God for your life, thank God for your needs and wants (‘requests’) as He has already answered and for the Prayer Network, for your country and continent (‘with thanksgiving’)

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