April 30, 2017
Sermon Title: The Power of a Praying Church
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Scripture Reading: II Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 62:5; Proverbs 3:6 11:1
Scripture Text: Acts 4:23-31
28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
The Power of a Praying Church
Some Wonderful Things Happened when this Church Prayed. Some Marvelous and Great Things occurred when ALL of the Members of this Church got in One Accord and Prayed.
When this Church Prayed, an Earthquake Shook the Building.
When they Prayed, All Believers Were Filled With the Holy Ghost.
When they Prayed, They Began to Witness Boldly.
When they Prayed, the Church Had Great Power, and Great Grace was upon Every Member of This Church -
When they Prayed, Some Wonderful Things Happened!
I believe that God’s Power is Released in and thru a Praying Church.
The Power of God Operates Thru A Praying Church.
Signs and Wonders, Salvation and Healing, Praise and Adoration, all take place within a Praying Church.
We can either Pray, Believe and Receive or we can Pray, Doubt and Do Without!
But God’s Power operates in and thru a Praying Church.
A Praying Church is a Revived Church.
A Praying Church is a Worshipping Church
A Praying Church is a Soul Winning Church
A Praying Church is also a Giving Church
A Praying Church is a Spiritual Church
The Marks of a Praying Church
Point I. The Mark of a Continuous Desire to Pray.
A Praying Church recognizes the Supreme Importance of prayer; they recognize that it’s Always Desirable to Pray.
Point II. The Eyes of Faith and Expectancy are towards God.
When this Church in Jerusalem had a problem, they turned their eyes away from human beings, even away from their problem, and looked to the Lord.
Point III. This Church Will Evangelize.
They pleaded to the Lord that He would enable them to go preaching the gospel with Greater Boldness. They did not pray, "Lord, don’t let it happen again." They prayed, "Lord, do it again! But this time, give us greater boldness that we may speak Your Word!"
Point IV. That the Holy Spirit Manifests His Presence and Power.
Verse 31 says, “God Manifested His Power and the Place Was Shaken.”
If we Pray, We Will Praise. If We Pray, We Will Witness.
If We Pray, We Will Worship. If We pray, We Will Give.
If We Pray, We Will Be Spiritual. If We Pray, We Will Evangelize.
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