4:31, Acts 16:25
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled
together; and they were all ﬁlled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake
the word of God with boldness. *And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed,
and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
like Jesus, the early church experienced considerable empowerment and
victory as they devoted time to prayer and fellowship with God. The
result of their prayers was usually great manifestations of God's power
and the move of the Spirit in and through their lives. In Matthew 21:13,
Jesus declared that His house was intended to be a house of prayer, not
a den of thieves. Beloved, God wants us to be men and women of prayer.
There is no way we will be able to successfully occupy till Christ comes
without prayer. It is good to know the Word of God and it is also good
to be prayerful. Our prayers serve as one of the greatest opportunities
to activate the Word of God and God's will in our lives and on the
In the same manner that Jesus did not take His prayers lightly, we too
must not take our prayers lightly. The Bible records various occasions
when Jesus continued all night in prayer unto God, Luke 6:12. In Matthew
26:41, Jesus told His disciples to watch and pray to avoid falling into
temptation. He reminded them that although the spirit is willing, the ﬂesh
is weak. Many times, our spirit is also willing and desirous of spending
quality time in prayer with God but our ﬂesh just does not want us to.
We must deliberately allow our spirit to maintain dominion over our ﬂesh
and give ourselves more to prayer and fellowship with God. The more we
do this, the more our spirit will dominate the ﬂesh even in other areas
of our lives. Substantial grace and empowerment awaits you in the place
of prayer. New realms and heights of fellowship and intimacy with God
will manifest as you intentionally spend time in prayer and fellowship
PRAYER FOCUS: Receive grace to take your time of prayer and
fellowship with God to the next level. Ask God to draw you nearer. Tell
Him you desire a deeper fellowship with Him.