Acts 2:42-47 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
So, this is the fourth installment of what “makes a Biblical church?”. The fourth thing then is that they were a “praying church”. Jesus said in Matthew 18: “if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Another musical term appears in this verse: the word agree is the Greek word from which we get our world Symphony from. Jesus is basically saying that when 2 or 3 come together and have “Symphony” whatever you ask it will be done. A symphony is a piece of music, usually played by an orchestra. There is one conductor but many players with individual parts to play. Here’s the thing that I see here: when the conductor (the Holy Spirit) is directing our prayers so that we are each individually praying so that there is one unified sound – whatever we ask (because it has been directed by the Holy Spirit) will be done. Now that doesn’t mean that we need to have 2 or three people praying for a luxury yacht and expect the Lord to deliver! James says that “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” Asking in that manner is like playing in an orchestra without the conductor! We need to allow the conductor to direct our prayers.
I’m convinced that the deeper meaning, the very essence of prayer is not asking what we need but the realization that when we pray God stays the same and it is us who change. God doesn’t suddenly change his mind! When I am allowing the Holy Spirit to conduct me it is me who changes!
PRAYER IS NOT PETITION AND PENANCE BUT POSITION AND PRESENCE. The chief purpose of prayer isn’t to petition God but to bring my life into position with his will. And when I am doing that with someone else – and we agree – our hearts are unified even more and we have the koinonia that we spoke of in the another post.
That early church was a devoted church, it was a teachable church, it was a community, it kept the Lords traditions, it was changed through prayer
That’s the blueprint.