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26 September 2009

the role of prayer in spiritual awakening and church planting

Another pattern that emerges from the Book of Acts is the importance of prayer in spiritual awakening and church planting. Prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit seem to be directly tied together. I imagine that is why Paul told the Colossian church to "Devote yourselves to prayer." (Col. 4:2)

Here is a collection of verses on the role of prayer in the Acts:

Acts 1:14 - All these were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.

Acts 1:24 - Then they prayed, “You, Lord, know the hearts of all; show which of these two You have chosen.”

Acts 2:42 - And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayers.

Acts 4:24, 31 “they raised their voices together in prayer to God... After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”

Acts 6:3b,4 “We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

Acts 6:6 - They had them stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

Acts 8:15 - After they went down there, they prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

Acts 9:11 - “Get up and go to the street called Straight,” the Lord said to him, “to the house of Judas, and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, since he is praying there.”

Acts 9:40 - Then Peter sent them all out of the room. He knelt down, prayed, and turning toward the body said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up.

Acts 10:2 - He was a devout man and feared God along with his whole household. He did many charitable deeds for the [Jewish] people and always prayed to God.

Acts 10:9 - The next day, as they were traveling and nearing the city, Peter went up to pray on the housetop at about noon.

Acts 10:30 - Cornelius replied, “Four days ago at this hour, at three in the afternoon, I was praying in my house. Just then a man in a dazzling robe stood before me...”

Acts 12:5 - So Peter was kept in prison, but prayer was being made earnestly to God for him by the church.

Acts 13:3 - Then, after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them off.

Acts 14:23 - When they had appointed elders in every church and prayed with fasting, they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Acts 16:16 - Once, as we were on our way to prayer, a slave girl met us who had a spirit of prediction and made a large profit for her owners by fortune-telling.

Acts 16:25 - About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Acts 20:36 - After he said this, he knelt down and prayed with all of them.

Acts 21:5 - When our days there were over, we left to continue our journey, while all of them, with their wives and children, escorted us out of the city. After kneeling down on the beach to pray...

Acts 22:17 - After I came back to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple complex, I went into a visionary state.

Acts 27:29 - Then, fearing we might run aground in some rocky place, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight to come.

Acts 28:8 - It happened that Publius’ father was in bed suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went to him, and praying and laying his hands on him, he healed him.


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