Not my will, but yours be done. Luke 22:42
One thing we notice about the early church is their devotion to prayer. Acts 1:14 tells us that as the apostles awaited for the promised Holy Spirit, "These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer . . . " As they contemplated Judas' replacement, Acts 1:24 tells us "they prayed . . . " As the church began to grow, Acts 2:42 tells us "they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." If we want to see the kingdom advance today, we too must pray as Jesus taught his disciples, and as He. Himself prayed.
As we study the early church, we are reminded of the importance of making prayer a part of everything we do today. We too have undertaken to do more than we can do in our own strength, if we have purposed to let Almighty God work through us. To accomplish His purposes we must have His power, that power which is available to us through prayer.
Would you make the image of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane and Jesus' prayer your theme when you pray? "Not my will, but yours be done." God has promised that if we ask anything according to His will, He will do it. May we daily claim His promises and make this the model for all our prayers. May His reign come and may His will be done, in our lives, in His church and in the whole world.
Consider all the church activities you are involved in – Sunday-morning worship, Bible studies, training sessions, choir practices, committee meetings, dramas, service projects, Small Group meetings; Evaluate the focus on prayer in each one. Is there little or no attention to prayer? Is prayer mostly a habit? Is prayer time brief but meaningful? Is prayer given much attention? Is prayer a priority? Whether or not you are a leader, you can influence prayer in the groups to which you belong. Use your influence to encourage prayer, a seeking after God. We cannot pray too much. God's Word tells us to pray without ceasing, for this is God's will for us in Christ Jesus.
May we continually devote ourselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. May Christ be glorified in our lives and in His Church, as we make His thoughts our thoughts, His ways our ways, His prayer our prayer. Not my will, but yours be done!
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