New Apostolic Church USA

We worship! | Week of August 24

Acts 1:13-14, And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

From the sermon series: We, the church…

After Jesus ascends into heaven, the apostles continued to follow the command of Jesus. Through prayer together, they remained close to Him and also received guidance from God on who would replace Judas.

As we journey through the Bible, we can see how corporate prayer played a role in the lives of God’s people. Already in Genesis 4, after we learn about the birth of Adam and Eve’s son, Seth, we read the following: Then men began to call on the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26). This demonstrates a fundamental characteristic of prayer: human beings turn to God and call upon Him in the firm belief that He hears them. Praying together unifies the group that is gathered by bringing them together in their praise. Together, they are assured of His presence and grace.

Journal Prompt: Reflect on the role that praying with others plays in your relationship with God.

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