REASONS AND CONDITIONS
The church employs prayer to make effective the word, the name, and the Spirit of God in fulfilling her divine mandate (Acts 2:42). God listens to the church (Jeremiah 33:3; Matthew 18:19). The church needs prayer for constant fellowship with God and with one another (Acts 2:42); for exhortation and edification, the building of the faith of believers in God (Heb. 10:25; 1 Timothy 3:10) and to remind God of His promises to protect His Church from the attack of the enemy (Matthew 16:18). The church also prays for the demonstration of God’s power through miracles, signs and wonders (Acts 5:12; 12:5).
For the prayer of the church to be effective and result-oriented, the members must live in holiness as saints of God because the prayer of a sinner is an abomination unto God (Pro.15:8). The church members must relate with singleness of heart and be united in faith (Acts 2:1; 4:25; 2 Peter 1:1). Such prayer must be scripture-based (Dan. 9:2-3), specific (Acts 4:29-30), fervent (James 5:16), spirit-led (Romans 8:26; Jude 29) and with the assurance of response from God (Acts 4:31; 1 John 5:14-15).
SCOPE AND RESULTS
The prayer of the church should cover Sinners’ conversion (Acts 2:21); Family needs (Acts 16:32); Nation’s request (Romans 10:1-3); People in authority and all men (1 Timothy 2:1-4); Church leaders (Colossians 4:3-4); Church work (Matthew 16:18-19); Individual requests (James 5:13); Wrestling territorial powers (James 5:13); etc. The essence of prayer is its results. The church prayed for Peter with unity and God answered speedily (Acts 12:5-11). Similarly, the church prayed desperately for unction to function and this turned around the course of the church (Acts 4:31). Hence, the earnest and sincere heart-prayers of the church, based upon the word of God, accomplish much. The results include; God’s presence and power (Acts 4:31); The boldness of the Saints to witness (Acts 14:3);
Empowerment of believers for exploits (Acts 4:33); Growth of the church (Acts 5:12-14); Spiritual strength and maturity (Col. 1:9-11).
Prosecution of the world evangelisation through mission outreaches (Acts 13:1-3); Miracles, signs and wonders (Acts 5:12); God’s visitation to release incarcerated saints (Acts 12:5-11).
Prayer makes the church grow, glow and gracious. The major hindrance to the prayer of the church is sin and disunity.
RCCG UK AND IRELAND SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL EDITION 2020/2021