People of One Purpose

July 29, 2016

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:2

1. GATHER TOGETHER. When the Early Church prayed together, things happened. When the apostles Peter and John were released from prison and told not to preach God’s Word, they gathered with their own companions and “lifted their voices to God with one accord” asking for boldness to preach the Gospel and for signs and wonders to take place (Acts 4:23-31). In the next chapter, we see their prayer in action – people getting healed and saved (Acts 5:12-16). When we gather together, united in spirit, prayer changes things.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

2. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING. Prayer makes power available (James 5:16). We are on assignment in our everyday lives to be people of prayer: private prayer, silent prayer, praying in the Spirit, praying with our understanding, praying in agreement, praying in faith, and praying together in corporate prayer. We can take every part of our lives to God in prayer.

3. FACE OFF WITH RESISTANCE. The Holy Spirit wants to equip us for effectiveness. When we face off with resistance and don’t quit, we get results. If fear tries to come in, we can’t fake it or talk ourselves out of it, but we can conquer it by using the Word of God and the Name of Jesus. Now is the time for the Church to get hold of how powerful God is and how significantly available Jesus is to help us as we lay down agendas and keep our hearts in one accord.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff

God, I thank You that the heartfelt and persistent prayer of a believer can accomplish much (James 5:16). Help me speak Your Word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the Name of Jesus (Acts 4:29-30). Let Your love be poured out in my heart through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Gather, verb
To bring together into one group, collection, or place. To bring together or assemble from various places, sources, or people.

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