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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Passionate Prayer"

Date published: 06/04/2011

Acts 1:14 “They all joined together constantly in prayer.”

How many Christian groups or fellow believers would you describe in this way?  Would other fellow believers in Christ describe you this way?  Are you often drawn to prayer when in the fellowship of other believers?  Does God’s special presence in the Christian groups you are involved in move you and others to prayer?  Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three come together in My name, there am I with them."  Prayer can easily become an occasional after thought rather than a passionate need, desire, and response to God’s indwelling presence.  The early church openly shared their lives with one another and then fervently prayed for those needs.  Become passionate about your prayer life.  Pray with a hunger for relationship and communication with your living Lord – Jesus Christ.  Your walk and relationship with Christ is personal, but the very filling of Christ in you should draw you to the open expression of your needs and desires with other believers as well as you encouraging them in prayer.  Your prayers with others should become a lifeline of encouragement and power that testifies of Christ in you.

Romans 1:9-12 “God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of His Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God's will the way may be opened for me to come to you.  I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith.”  (NIV)

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (NIV)