Monday, June 24, 2013

Re-digging the Wells of Prayers by Pastor Dondo

The Preacher first reminded the congregation on the main purpose of Christians as its seen in Matthew 22:36-40

 “36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

We need to get back the basics on how the old church behaved.
Opening Scripture comes from Acts 2:42

“They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

The old church devoted themselves in prayers, we ought to re-dig our wells of Prayers

True worship cannot be possible without prayers
Mark 11: 17 “And as he taught them, he said, "Is it not written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it 'a den of robbers.”

Genesis 26:18 “Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.”

 God is calling us to re-dig the wells as we dig our Spirit will be refreshed.
Some people has been so busy with their job, business, families and other world activities in such a way they have forgotten the basics of Christianity.

Christians have lost the thirsty for the things of God because they are not praying anymore.

Some are so used to salvation that they cannot move on anymore, It is time to re-dig our wells of Prayer as Isaac did

May God help us to experience fresh anointing of the Holy Ghost

Some are good in excuses that we are living in challenging time so we cannot pray, they have forgotten what is written in Haggai 2: 9 ” The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the LORD Almighty."

We will experience power of God even more this time.

As we re-dig the wells we are going to see greater things, more miracles and power of Jesus transforming people.

 Jeremiah 29:13”You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

James 4:8 “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minde”

As per above scriptures if we seek God we will find him, we can seek him through Prayers
We need to learn to put the first things first, Prayer is the first thing in our Christian life

If we want to see God we must start with God
The former church was the church of Prayer; you can go through Acts 1:14,24, Acts 2:1-4,42

The following are three things that we can learn from former church;

1.         The presence of God

Matthew 28:20 “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Reality of Presence of God will be seen if we pray.

2.         The Power of God

Mark 16:15-20
“ 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signswill accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons;they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakeswith their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands onsick people, and they will get well.”19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heavenand he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signsthat accompanied it.”

The former church was full of power of God, it is our responsibility to ensure the same power prevail in our churches today

3.         Participation by all

Christians are responsible to minister in the church, we need to change our mentality and go back to the basics

Ephesians 4:12 “equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up”

Pastor`s work is to equip brethren for them to do the work of God

Read with me Acts 4: 23-24,29-31
23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them”.
29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”31 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”

Four things that will help us to re-dig our wells;

a.         Pray together as a Church

b.         Remind ourselves of Who God is

c.         To ask God to give us Boldness to speak

d.         To ask God to help us to perform signs and wonders

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