Tuesday, January 15
People of Prayer
Prayer is one of the most difficult, yet most important disciplines in a believer’s life. Don’t believe me? Luke 5:16 tells us that (Jesus) often withdrew to deserted places and prayed. This shows the importance of prayer, and when we look at the ministry of the disciples, the only time they asked Jesus for teaching was on the topic of prayer. They did not say “Teacher, teach us to cast out demons,” or “Teacher, teach us to heal the sick,” but in Luke 11, they say “Lord, teach us to pray.”
The disciples understood they had to be “people of prayer.” As Jesus ascended into heaven in Acts chapter 1, we find the disciples doing the very thing that they had been taught: praying.
SCRIPTURE: (Acts 1:12-14)
(then) they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem— a Sabbath day’s journey away. When they arrived, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. They all were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers
We quickly see the effect of these prayers. As the Holy Spirit comes upon them at the start of Pentecost in chapter 2, we see the disciples become a light shining into darkness. Peter began to preach, and his sermon sparked a response like none other.
Acts 2:41 says:
So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added to them
Later in verse 47, Luke adds:
Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
We must be a “people of prayer.” Prayer was the only discipline that Jesus taught to the disciples. Prayer was the only piece of the armor in Ephesians 6 that Paul says must be used at all times. Prayer is vital for a believer. It is like breathing! We cannot go without it.
Lord, teach us to pray. Teach us to pray at all times, for all people, in all circumstances. Forgive us for the times where we neglect the importance and value of prayer. Thank you for the example of how to pray. Let it shape our lives. May we be known as people of prayer because of our complete dependence on you for all things. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.