The following is an excerpt from a book by J. Vernon McGee entitled, “On Prayer, Praying And Living In The Father’s Will:”
“The prayers of the early church were potent and powerful — they shook walls and loosened prison doors. Unfortunately, prayer in the church today is impotent, anemic, and sickly. Someone could argue that the church of today is not the same as the church of the first century. I heartily agree.
“The church of the first century was the apostolic church; the church of today is the apostate church.
“Then, it was the persecuted church; today it’s the petulant and petted church.
“Then, the church was united; today it is divided.
“Then, the church was warm and spiritual; today it is cold and materialistic.
“Then, it was young and virile; today it is old and decrepit.
“The early church was committed to Christ; the church today is comfortable in the world.
“The church at the beginning was a church of conviction; the church today is marked by confusion.
“The church then had confession; today it has compromise.
“Then it was a church marked by consistency; today it is a church of contradiction.
“I’ll say there’s a difference between the church of the first century and the church today!
“But may I say to you, the early church is still a lesson and an incentive to us in the present day, especially when it comes to the matter of prayer. If you want to get acquainted with the members of the early church, read their prayers. You will find out what kind of men and women they were by looking at the prayers that they uttered to God. Their prayers thrill my heart, and they hold valuable lessons for us today.”
Our nation and our world are in need of all Christians to get serious about praying.
Praying is how we communicate with God. We pray in obedience because God commands us to pray. We obey Him because we love Him.
Our prayers participate in the fulfillment of God’s eternal plan. Praying is a privilege.
Praying is a means to God’s purpose; praying is all about God’s will.
To pray in God’s will we must know what His will is. We know what His will is by reading and studying the Bible and being a “doer” of His Word.
Let us pray in God’s will, in the Name of Jesus Christ, so our prayers may be heard and answered. Come Lord Jesus, Come. Amen.