They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. Acts 1:14
People of like mind will get together to accomplish something greater than what any one of them can do alone. The world recognizes the need to work as a group to accomplish greater things.
At the same time many know the need to work together, many will also work to do things completely on their own. These individuals want all the credit for what is accomplished.
After Jesus had left them, all the disciples and some others met together for prayer. As a group they were constantly in prayer.
The world knows that isolation can bring control over a person. With isolation one becomes weak and has no support or encouragement. The world wants to isolate and crush believers and their belief in Jesus.
It is common for believers to believe that they can do things on their own. They pray and study the bible alone. While this is good, it cannot be all that one does. Every believer needs to get together with other believers for the purpose of prayer. And this should not be a one time event, but a constant event.
Praying together holds and builds each other up and invites God to be present in the middle. Getting together builds unity of mind, spirit and work. More will be accomplished with a small group of praying believers, than thousands praying alone and separate.
God has a work for believers to do as individuals and as a body. They need to work as a team to pray and seek God’s will, direction and strength to accomplish His work. After the disciples prayed, they turned the world upside down.
As a believer, you need strength for each day. You need God’s direction in your life. And you need support. To get these things you need to be spending constant time in prayer alone and corporately.
Do not allow yourself to be isolated from other believers, thinking you can do the battle on your own. Attack the enemy in prayer with a group.
This prayer can be done as a group physically getting together, or getting together remotely at a set time, connected by internet or phone. Either way is getting together in war against the enemy by constant prayer.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be in constant prayer with God; that you will pray constantly with other believers; and that you will see God work in your life.
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. John 21:4
When a person is very close to another person, he will be able to easily recognize him. However, when a person is farther away, it is more difficult to recognize the other one.
The more one spends time together with a person, the more he will recognize him at a distance or in a crowd. Every person has certain characteristics that stand out, that make him different from every one else. Only by close association can a person really know those differences.
After Jesus had died, the disciples had went back to fishing, their old trade. As they were out trying to fish, Jesus stood on the shore, but they did not recognize Him, even when He spoke to them.
The world does not recognize God or His voice. They are focused on themselves and the temporary things of this world. God could be right in front of them doing works, but they would not see Him, calling the events coincidence. Often many believers are living in the same way as the world is living.
They are so busy focusing on living in this world or in doing ministry, that they do not recognize when God is standing right in front of them doing something. They are not taking the time to grow closer to God, but to work on the things of this world.
The best way for a believer to be able to recognize God is to spend time with Him. This is taking time to know who He is and what He is doing by taking time to pray and study His word. People often choose to not take the time to spend with God in both prayer and His word.
God is always working in your life. Take a moment to look at your life. Do you see Jesus? Can you recognize His hand at work in your life?
If you cannot recognize Him working, you must shift your focus back to Him. Instead of going back to your old ways of doing things or focusing on just the temporary things, focus on God.
Spend time daily with God in both His word and in prayer. Begin to recognize God and His hand at work in your life. Realize that God is always with you at work.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will spend time in prayer and God’s word; that you will recognize God working in your life and this world; and that you will point people to Jesus.
“Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:46
Sleep is one thing that many people really like and desire more of. When a person is sleeping, he is at rest and all of the problems of the world appear to disappear. Once in a deep sleep, one will often forget about the challenges of the day.
People will even take drugs to help them fall asleep to get away from the stress they are under. Facing the problems is rejected for the peaceful sleep in a world of dreams.
As Jesus was preparing to be crucified He went into a garden to pray with some of His disciples. He asked them to pray. When they fell asleep, He told them they need to pray to keep from falling into temptation.
Just as the world desires to sleep away the problems of their day, many in the church get weary and have gone to sleep. Instead of praying for strength to overcome temptation, they turn the other way and go to sleep. In their drowsiness many turn to and accept sin as a normal part of their lives.
Whole churches have fallen asleep, rejecting God’s word and allowing sin to be actively practiced and promoted inside the church. They have fallen into the temptation presented for them.
Both individual believers and churches are living in a way that does not set them separate from the world, but a part of the world.
Every believer needs to be awake and alert in prayer, keeping watch out for the evil temptations of Satan in their lives. Their prayers need to be ones of asking God for wisdom, direction and strength to accomplish His will–to be like Jesus.
As you examine your life, does it show that you have fallen asleep and allowed sin into your life? Any sin that you have chosen to accept as normal is against God.
God is right there with you, giving you His Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you in His ways. He does not want you to fail and fall into temptation and makes a way out of it every time. However to overcome temptation, you must be willing to stay awake and pray to know how to overcome it.
Are you awake and praying? Or are you asleep?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be awake and alert to the evil ways of this world; that you will pray as Jesus prayed; that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit to flee all temptation.
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16
In today’s society busyness is often seen as a sign of productivity. Every moment of everyday things are added to a person’s to-do list to keep busy and productive.
It is common for a person to feel as if he is missing out on something if he stops or is not participating in some event. With social media sites flooding the internet, there is always something to watch or respond to, in order to stay ‘connected. People will work eighty hour work weeks to make money, so they can have a great vacation, that they never slow down to take.
Jesus had crowds of people coming to hear Him and to be healed. Yet, Jesus would often get away to a lonely place to pray.
With thousands of people needing to be healed and all needing to hear the gospel message, Jesus could have been busy twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and still never meet all of the needs. There was a lot of work to do, yet, He often stopped to pray.
This time of prayer was to hear what His Father was saying, get directions, and to renew His Spirit with the Father’s Spirit.
Often believers get busy, just as the world does, with doing things. They are so busy with church events, visiting others, relaxing, work, ministry and life in general, that they often do not take time to pray. They do not seek what God’s will is for the moment or to reconnect with the Father.
When this occurs, they are doing things in their own strength and often will burn out. Every believer needs to take time often to get away from all of the busyness of life and pray, to seek God, His direction and His strength.
You may find yourself worn out, weary and wanting to stop. This is due to your constant running and doing things. You may be running ahead of God or in a different direction.
Stop and take time to pray. Turn off the social media, silence the phone, turn off the television and get alone with God. As you pray, God can renew your spirit and guide you as to what you should do next.
As you take time to pray alone, you will be able to be more effective for God, then doing it on your own.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will take time to pray to God; that you will know God’s renewing presence; that God will reveal His desires for you; and that you will be effective for God.