Prayer Grows The Church

We are so encouraged to have Brian & Patricia Maki join our family!
We are so encouraged to have Brian & Patricia Maki join our family!

“When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.’”  – Matthew 9:36-38

Since the Mighty Denver mission team arrived just three months ago, the Lord has blessed our prayers with an incredible harvest of souls! Amazingly, over the last 12 weeks, the Lord has added 11 to our number. It is our heart and goal here in the Denver church to imitate the fellowship, devotion, love, and worship of our 1st Century brothers and sisters and someday also say here in Denver as they did in Acts 2:47, “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” As we strive to imitate the faith of the early church, I am reminded that prayer was of the highest priority to the early disciples. Prayer moves God. In turn, our sovereign God moves and impacts men by His Spirit, His angels, His Word and His providence. This is how the early church grew so dynamically! Let the following prayers by our first century brothers inspire us by their ensuing impact as well as serving as a pattern and upward call as we strive to build God’s church here in Denver and around the world in this generation.

Jeremiah praying for God to give us every place we set our foot!
Jeremiah praying for God to give us every place we set our foot!

Prayer: Acts 1:14 “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”
Impact: Acts 2:41 “Those who accepted [Peter’s] message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”

Prayer: Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Impact: Acts 2:47 “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Prayer: Acts 3:1 “One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer – at three in the afternoon.”
Impact: Acts 4:4 “But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.”

Prayer: Acts 4:29 “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your Word with great boldness.”
Impact: Acts 4:31 “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.”

Leon Hou placing membership at a park service.
Leon Hou placing membership at a park service.

Prayer: Acts 6:3-4 “Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word.”
Impact: Acts 6:7 “So the Word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.”

Prayer: Acts 9:13 “‘Lord,’ Ananias answered, ‘I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem.’”
Impact: Acts 9:18 “Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized…”

Prayer: Acts 10:4, 9 “[Cornelius], your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God… About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray.”
Impact: Acts 10:24, 47-48 “Cornelius…called together his relatives and close friends. Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.’ So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.”

Prayer: Acts 12:5 “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.”
Impact: Acts 12:14, 16, 24 “When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, ‘Peter is at the door!’ …But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished… The Word of God continued to increase and spread.”

Joey Sand places membership this week!  Pictured is Joey’s baptism!
Joey Sand places membership this week! Pictured is Joey’s baptism!

Prayer: Acts 13:3 “So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”
Impact: Acts 13:12, 49 Acts 14:1, 21 “Immediately mist and darkness came over [the false prophet Elymas], and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord… The Word of the Lord spread through the whole region… At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed…They preached the good news in [Derbe] and won a large number of disciples.”

Prayer: Acts 16:25 “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.”
Impact: Acts 16:33 “At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.”

The book of Acts chronicles the early church from the Spirit’s initiation in approximately 30 AD to Paul’s imprisonment around 60 AD. One of the letters Paul writes during this imprisonment was to the Colossian Church. He wrote, “We always thank God when we pray for you… [for] all over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it.” Clearly in the mind of Paul, prayer propelled and then sustained the evangelization of the world in the first century. So Mighty Denver Church, let us continue to fall on our knees, calling on the same Spirit to empower us to boldly preach Christ in all nations in the 21st Century. And to God be the glory!

Jeremiah Clark