“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts [2:42]
I recently read a list of some “believe it or not” statements that were printed on products.
» On a popular bar of soap: “Directions: Use like regular soap.”
» On packaging for an iron: “Don’t iron clothes while on body.”
» On a string of Christmas lights: “For indoor or outdoor use only!”
» On a packet of nuts: “Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts.”
» On a hairdryer: “Do not use while sleeping.”
» And finally, on a chainsaw: “Do not attempt to stop the chain with your hands.”
This reminds us that when something makes sense to us, it would seem to be common sense to everyone.
When it comes to prayer, the 1st Century church models a pattern of prayer. It’s a pattern that is to be done both privately—and in community. As we heard in Sunday’s sermon: “We should pray in our worship services, in our Group meetings, as a church for seasons of specific prayer, and whenever we are together, we should pray. But we should also practice private prayer, in our ‘prayer closets’ or with our families. We should set aside time each day to pray and to seek the face of God for his mercy and supply for all of life.”
Are you praying?
Lord, I know that you are my Heavenly Father. You are the creator of the universe. It only makes sense that I would stop to pray when gathered with other believers and when I’m by myself. Continue to give me reminders to be faithful in prayer. Amen.