One truly amazing aspect of the life of Jesus, was the emphasis and value he placed on prayer. Although today we still talk about how he healed the sick and fed the hungry, what is often overlooked is that Jesus would often leave crowds of people waiting to be healed…waiting to have their hunger relieved, to spend time alone in prayer. To this day, the concepts and principles Jesus taught in his sermons and stories shape so much of what is good in our current world. You would think that Jesus would have devoted himself continuously to preaching and teaching…but instead, he would often leave huge crowds of eager listeners to spend time alone in prayer.
And, Jesus’ emphasis on prayer doesn’t stop there. Even after he defeated death and returned to heaven (as we just celebrated on Easter) his remaining followers revered prayer as the answer to almost any question…any need. In fact, the first church was founded as a group of believers gathering to, you guessed it, pray!
Here’s what they believed and taught:
Need wisdom and direction? Pray.
Need physical healing? Pray.
Facing hardship? Pray.
Impossible odds for success? Pray.
Friction with others.
Post on Facebook. Pray.
Have needs for things such as food, shelter, or clothing? You should pray.
The list goes on and on…
During the month of May at actionchurch, we’re going to focus on the amazing power of prayer. Perhaps even more importantly, we’re going to learn to pray in the same way that JESUS taught his closest friends and followers to pray. We believe that prayer is STILL the power source and center of loving God, loving People, and taking action.
We hope you will play (and pray) along!
15 But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. Luke 5:15-16