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Pray Out Loud

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Pray Out Loud

God hears our silent, whispered, murmured and loud prayers, however there are many good reasons to pray out loud. A few are:

1. When we pray out loud it zeros in on our thoughts. At any given time we have many thoughts going through our mind so when we pray out loud it helps to single out what we are praying for.

2. Praying out loud together is the pattern set for us by the early church

Acts 1:14 NKJV
“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”

Acts 2:42 NKJV
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Acts 12:12 NKJV
“So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.”

3. Praying out loud declares your faith.
According to Romans 10:9-10, confession is made with the mouth.

Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

By praying out loud, you are declaring, or confessing, your faith.

4. Praying out loud is an encouragement.
When we pray out loud those that hear can be encouraged by our words.

When Jesus prayed for other people He prayed out loud so that those who heard Him could be strengthened in their faith and encouraged.

5. Praying out loud can help stir up faith and prayer in others.

Hebrews 10:24-25.NKJV
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

6. Praying out loud helps others to pray.
Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. By listening to Jesus pray they gained greater understanding on prayer and how to pray.

7. Praying out loud can speak things into existence.
Our words contain power and they have the ability to speak things into existence.

8. Praying our loud (in a group setting) is a way of sharing our struggles and weaknesses. It can also be comforting for others to pray out loud for us.

James 5:13-16 NKJV
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

9. Praying out loud helps build your faith. Your mind thinks it, your mouth says it, your ears hear it and your mind believes it.

Pray Out Loud

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Pray Out Loud

God hears our silent, whispered, murmured and loud prayers, however there are many good reasons to pray out loud. A few are:

1. When we pray out loud it zeros in on our thoughts. At any given time we have many thoughts going through our mind so when we pray out loud it helps to single out what we are praying for.

2. Praying out loud together is the pattern set for us by the early church.

Acts 1:14 NKJV
“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”

Acts 2:42 NKJV
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Acts 12:12 NKJV
“So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.”

3. Praying out loud declares your faith.
According to Romans 10:9-10, confession is made with the mouth.

Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

By praying out loud, you are declaring, or confessing, your faith.

4. Praying out loud is an encouragement.
When we pray out loud those that hear can be encouraged by our words.

When Jesus prayed for other people He prayed out loud so that those who heard Him could be strengthened in their faith and encouraged.

5. Praying out loud can help stir up faith and prayer in others.

Hebrews 10:24-25.NKJV
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

6. Praying out loud helps others to pray.
Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. By listening to Jesus pray they gained greater understanding on prayer and how to pray.

7. Praying out loud can speak things into existence.
Our words contain power and they have the ability to speak things into existence.

8. Praying our loud (in a group setting) is a way of sharing our struggles and weaknesses. It can also be comforting for others to pray out loud for us.

James 5:13-16 NKJV
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

9. Praying out loud helps build your faith. Your mind thinks it, your mouth says it, your ears hear it and your mind believes it.

FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF THE EARLY CHURCH

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FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF THE EARLY CHURCH

Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV
“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ “

Communion is a special time of spiritual intimacy with God. God desires to know you (to have intimacy with you.) It is truly the most intimate time that you have with God (even when receiving it in a crowd.) God desires to know (have spiritual intimacy) us corporately as well as individually. The early church had this special intimacy with God on a regular basis.. .

Acts 2:42 NKJV
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 20:7 NKJV
“Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.”

Acts 2:46-47 NKJV
“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

The early church reaped the benefits of corporate communion. There was an anointing upon the church, fresh moves of the Holy Spirit, and a harvest of souls.

 

Dear Father,
Thank-you for the special time of spiritual intimacy with You that we can have through communion. Help us to never neglect this privilege and gift. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we reap the benefits of corporate communion – an anointing upon the church, fresh moves of the Holy Spirit, and a harvest of souls.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Breaking of Bread

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Breaking of Bread

Communion is one of the two ordinances that Christ gave to the church. It is a very intimate time between a person and God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It is a time to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and all that it provides for you, His death and His resurrection.

Communion is also a time to think about Jesus’ return for His bride, the church. As the bride of Christ it is our responsibility to perfect ourselves for our groom, Jesus. We must undergo a process of sanctification. We must set ourselves apart for Jesus. We are to wait and make ourselves ready for His return. While waiting for Jesus’ return we should be in the process of being cleansed by the washing of the Word. We should conform more and more to what the Word of God teaches. Our desire should be to please Jesus, our groom. Communion is a time when believers recommit themselves to prepare to be the bride of Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:28 NKJV
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup.”

When we are unwilling to judge ourselves (self-examination) God will chasten us. Chasten means to punish to improve, discipline, purify or refine. God chastens those that will not judge themselves because He loves them and does not want them to be cast away from His presence. True self-examination will lead to true humility.

1 Corinthians 11:31-32 NKJV
“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judges, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”

Communion is a time when a believer is to examine their life. Only those who have properly prepared themselves will be the bride of Christ. Sin keeps a person from being properly prepared!

When we do not receive communion for the right reasons (a time of reflection, anticipation, examination and commitment) we are taking it in an unworthy manner.

Acts 2:42 NKJV
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.”

New believers must be trained in the importance of the communion. Communion is vitally important to a church. Jesus gave every part of Himself for and to the Church. He gave His Church something that would provide strength for their journey and for healing along the way, and that something is communion. Whatever name you choose to call it communion (the grain and the drink offering / the Lord’s Supper / the love feast / the first works / the breaking of bread) is a wonderful reminder of everything that Jesus provided for us.

1 Corinthians 11:23-24 NKJV
“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat, this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ ”

There is a vast supply of power and revelation in communion, both privately and corporately. Corporate communion brings an anointing upon the church, fresh moves of the Holy Spirit, and a harvest of souls.

Joel 1:8-12 NKJV
“Lament like a virgin girded with sack cloth
For the husband of her youth. The grain offering and the drink offering
Have been cut off from the house of the Lord; The priests mourn, who minister to the Lord.
The field is wasted,
The land mourns; For the grain is ruined,
The new wine is dried up,
The oil fails. Be ashamed, you farmers,
Wail, you vinedressers,
For the wheat and the barley; Because the harvest of the field has perished.
The vine has dried up,
And the fig tree has withered; The pomegranate tree,
The palm tree also,
And the apple tree – All the trees of the field are withered; Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.”

When communion is cut off from the people the people and the church is barren spiritually. When communion is cut off from the church the manifest presence of God, the glory of the Lord, and the anointing is cut off. The church must discern the body and blood of Jesus Christ. If they don’t they will be barren, their fields will lie in waste, their land will mourn, their corn will be wasted, and the new wine will be dried up. In other no words there will be no harvest of souls, there will be no fresh moves of the Holy Spirit and no anointing upon our church or our lives.

Revelation 2:2-5 NKJV
“I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place – unless you repent.”

Dear Father,
Help me to remember that communion is an intimate time between You, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and I. May I always remember what Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection means to me personally. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to prepare myself and please Jesus, my groom. Help me to continually undergo the process of sanctification – may I set myself apart for You. Cause me to conform more and more to what the Word of God teaches. Never allow me to be unwilling to examine and judge myself.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Community Of Believers

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Community Of Believers

The first church was a community of people that shared the same interest (they wanted to follow Jesus) and goals. They favored and supported of each other.

Acts 2:42 NKJV
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.”

They continued steadfastly in fellowship, in the sharing in the lives of other believers. As they shared in each other’s lives the older believers were able to mentor the younger believers. They older believers were able to give godly advice because of their relationship with the new believers. The wisdom that they (older believers) had obtained was not only for them, it was shared with others.

New believers must be allowed and encouraged to share in the lives of other believers. They must be able (feel free) to ask for advice or counsel from other believers. Believers must fellowship with each other. We can draw strength and encouragement from others. Friendship (fellowship) in the body of Christ is something to be valued.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NKJV
“Two are better then one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Fellowship within the body of Christ is essential for the growth of the church. There are great benefits from friendship and companionship. When we share in in each other’s lives it will help bring relief and encouragement for problems and it will help us not to feel a sense of isolation or loneliness. Friends can give assistance, comfort, strength and defense. We must fellowship together in the Spirit with other believers.

Philippians 2:1-4 NKJV
“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Dear Father,
Help us as a community of believers to continue steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers. May we share in the lives of other believers and may the older believers mentor the younger believers. Fill your believers with godly advice and wisdom that they may be able to share with others. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to give assistance, comfort, strength and defense to other believers. And may we valve friendship and fellowship with other believers
In Jesus’ name, Amen

The Holy Spirit And The Believer

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The Holy Spirit And The Believer

Acts 2:42 NKJV

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.”

The Holy Spirit helps a believer to understand things. He will guide us in all truth. Through the Holy Spirit in us we have the ability to understand God’s Word, His will (His desires) and His thoughts. Many times it is hard to understand the Word of God without the help of the Holy Spirit (our Helper). God reveals the truths in His Word to us through the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 NKJV
“However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom of God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written:
‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him’
But God has revealed them to us through the Holy Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”

The early believers continued steadfastly in the doctrine of the apostles. There was a uniformity in the early church concerning what they believed about Jesus Christ. The early church did not have a Bible so they relied on the word of the apostles (apostles’ doctrine). The people were not double-minded about what they believed, nor did they have a double standard. They did not change their mind about what they believed because of persecution, or because God’s way seemed too hard. The early church did not allow the world to set their standards or their beliefs. They had the mind of Christ. They relied solely on the apostle’s doctrine. There was unity in the early church because all of them continued steadfastly in the words given to them from God through the apostles by the power of the Holy Spirit. They continued to learn God’s ways and to do what He instructed them to do.
We too must have the mind of Christ. The Word of God must dwell in us and be made alive by the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 3:16 NKJV
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

We must be a disciple of Christ. We must know His ways and we must follow His ways. We must know what the Word of God says and then we must act upon what we know. We must not just be a hearer of the Word.

Romans 2:12-13 NKJV
“For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified….”

James 1:21-27 NKJV
“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit the orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

Each believer must have a teachable spirit and receive the Word of God with meekness (without resistance). As we hear and obey God’s Word (remain steadfast in the Word of God) it will keep us from falling into sinful behavior, which will lead to spiritual death. We must apply the Word of God to our daily lives. We are only deceiving ourselves if we hear the Word but do not obey it.
God has given His Holy Spirit to us to help us obey Him. The Holy Spirit gives us power to live for and to obey God and His Word. When we reject the Holy Spirit’s instructions (His leading in our lives) we are actually rejecting God.

Dear Father,
Thank-you for Your Holy Spirit who helps me understand things and guides me in all truth. Through the Holy Spirit I have the ability to understand Your Word, will, desires and thoughts. Thank-you for reveling Your truths in Your Word to me through the Holy Spirit. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to continue steadfastly in the Word. May I not have a double-mind about what I believe, or have a double standard. Help me to stand firm even in the face of persecution. Cause me to have the mind of Christ and may the Word of God dwell in me and make me alive by the Holy Spirit. Help me to apply Your Word to my daily life. I desire to know Your ways and follow them. May I have a teachable spirit and receive Your Word with meekness.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Disciple Of Christ

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Acts 2:42 NKJV

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.”

New believers must be trained. There must be a uniformity of core beliefs. It is essential that new believers know what they believe and why they believe it. There is a great need for discipleship training in the church today. It is a must that each believer know what Jesus taught. A disciple is a believer in the thought and teaching of any leader; follower. How can a person be a disciple of Christ when they don’t even know what they believe about Him, or they don’t follow His ways?

The Holy Spirit helps a believer to understand things. He will guide us in all truth. Through the Holy Spirit in us we have the ability to understand God’s Word, His will (His desires) and His thoughts. Many times it is hard to understand the Word of God without the help of the Holy Spirit (our Helper). God reveals the truths in His Word to us through the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 NKJV

“However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom of God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard

Nor have entered into the heart of man

The things which God has prepared for those who love Him’

But God has revealed them to us through the Holy Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”

Dear God,

Thank-you for Your Holy Spirit, who gives me understanding and guides me in truth. Fill me with Your thoughts and Your desires. Cause each believer to know what they believe and why they believe it – increase discipleship among Your believers. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we understand Your Word, Your will and Your desires. May Your truths be revealed to us and may we act upon them.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.