Tonight we are going to share an example of hosting a Community Prayer Group meeting at your house as part of the iPrayToday.org
The original church of Jesus Christ was founded in the book of Acts & met DAILY in the Temple & House to House for PRAYER.
36 (Peter) Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God hath made that same Jesus whom ye have crucified both Lord & Christ.
37 Now when they heard this they were pricked in their heart & said unto Peter & to the rest of the apostles, Men & brethren, WHAT SHALL WE DO?
38 Then Peter said unto them, REPENT & be BAPTIZED every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins & ye shall RECEIVE the GIFT of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you & to your children & to all that are afar off even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And w many other words did he testify and exhort saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word WERE BAPTIZED: & the same day there were added unto them about 3,000 souls.
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles 'doctrine & fellowship & in breaking of bread & in PRAYERS.
46And they continuing DAILY w one accord in the TEMPLE & breaking bread from HOUSE to HOUSE did eat their meat w gladness & singleness of heart,
47 Praising God & having favour w all the people. And the Lord added to the CHURCH DAILY such as should be SAVED.
+ The last verse of Acts 2 is the first mention of the CHURCH after the ascension of Jesus.
++ The Acts 2 experience is what adds one to the CHURCH.
And how I (Paul) kept back nothing that was profitable unto you but have shewed you & have taught you PUBLICLY & from HOUSE to HOUSE
Forming Community Prayer Groups meeting in homes allows us to be a Book of Acts CHURCH in the 21st Century by meeting DAILY in the Temple & House to House -
And when they had prayed the place was shaken where they were assembled together & they were all filled w the Holy Ghost & they spake the word of God w boldness.
The vision of iPrayToday.org is to establish 1,000's of points of light ~
Jesus said, The harvest truly is great but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. (Luke 10:2)
How YOU can participate:
1) Pray daily that The Lord will send forth laborers into His harvest.
2) Sign-up for a date & time on your church calendar to make your home a 'house of prayer'
3) A few days before your date, put the 'Community Prayer Group' YARD SIGN in yard.
4) Follow the FORM for Community Prayer Group acronym P.R.A.Y.
5) Report your results (pass along Prayer Requests, HBS leads, etc.)
6) Refer others to an iPrayToday group.
7) Bring someone to an iPrayToday group.
FORM for the Community Prayer Group acronym P.R.A.Y.
Enter into His GATES w THANKSGIVING & into His courts w PRAISE: be THANKFUL unto Him & BLESS His Name.
God's first dwelling place on earth was OT Tabernacle. A model for us.
To enter there was only ONE gate. Psalm 100 identifies this gate as Thanksgiving & the courtyard as Praise.
Don't worry; but in every thing by PRAYER & supplication w THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known unto God.
Let's start by each one expressing something we are Thankful to God for...
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves & pray & seek my face & turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven & will forgive their sin & will heal their land.
We have all sinned. (Romans 3:23)
Godly sorrow worketh repentance. (2 Corinthians 7:10)
If we sincerely ask God to forgive us, He will. (1 John 1:9)
Let's Pray all together & ask forgiveness for every wrong THOUGHT, WORD, & DEED; as we forgive others. (Matthew 6:14)
A GREE to ASK
If two of you shall AGREE on earth as touching any thing that they shall ASK, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
FIRST, let's Ask for others, then we will pray all together for these needs.
(all pray aloud together)
SECOND, Ask for yourself, then the whole group will pray for each one's personal requests in turn.
(each member of group takes turn to be prayed for)
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Ye ask & receive not because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
And the PRAYER of FAITH shall SAVE the SICK & the Lord shall RAISE him UP & if he have committed sins they shall be FORGIVEN him.
This speaks both to yielding your will to God's ~ His timing, methods, and purpose; & also to 'yield' as in a return on your investment.
Together let us Thank God for hearing & answering our prayer...