United In Firm, Constant, and Steady Prayer
Delivered by Rev. Trennie L. Williams, PhDc
Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Act 1:12-15 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is nigh unto Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey off. (13) And when they were come in, they went up into the upper chamber, where they were abiding; both Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. (14) These all with one accord continued stedfastly in prayer, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. (15) And in these days Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren, and said (and there was a multitude of persons gathered together, about a hundred and twenty).
“These all with one accord continued stedfastly in prayer”
The Book of Acts in the Bible shows the power of the Church. The Church, not as in the building structures in which we fellowship nor organized structures that have clouded the faithful ability to do greater things than Jesus. The Church is the body of Christ that serves God and Him alone. The Church is the collective body of believers who praise God in everything, in every way, in every time, and every place. The Church is every devoted person who receives Jesus as Lord and Savior, not ever perishing but having everlasting life.
We, as Christian folks, should continue in the fashion of the people we read about in Acts. These first-generation saints were ingulfed by the Holy Spirit, spreading the Good News, that is God’s Word, to as many people as possible around the globe so they, too, shall be saved. What was possible then is even more possible today because of the variety of resources for us to communicate with tens, thousands, millions, and billions of fellow human beings with the click of finger. Our main goal is to “go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, teaching them live Godly ways in Jesus’s Name.
There are a couple of things we must do, though, to make our Great Commission efforts most rewarding.
The Church should:
1. Work together as One.
a. The Body of Christ is to work collectively as One Person in the likeness of Jesus.
i. Put aside personal, self-serving agendas.
ii. Operate in one vision: God’s vision for His children to achieve success in every area of life.
2. Pray firmly, constantly, Steadily.
a. Prayer is a most vital tool to breakthroughs, blessings, and benefits, mainly in building a good, solid, right-standing relationship with the lord.
b. Firm, constant, steady prayer illustrates faith that accounts for righteousness.
By uniting as One, the disciples in Acts 1 were able to come together in the upper room for a common purpose. These legacy folks, because of their united dedication to God, have impacted billions of people over the past couple of thousand years. They progressed from twelve to 120 to hundreds and thousands of people being saved daily. What are we to do? Ask and seek God for our upper room of unity where firm, constant, steady prayer would bring a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit upon us. By doing so, we shall save a dying world from the clutch of eternal death and damnation. Only by and through God shall captives be made free.