Prayer Portal

  • Pastor Cheryl Penn
“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42, NAS)

This verse is a snapshot of Church-life just following Pentecost in its simplicity, purity, and innocence. "It is the Spirit who gives life" (John 6:63a, NAS). It also notes the four safeguards of spiritual life, including prayer, that protect our faith, like fencing around the young green shoot of the early Church.

The Holy Spirit’s outpouring at Pentecost increased the frequency, quality, and scope of ministry and prayer in individuals as well as the Church as a whole. As believers’ hearts were expanded by the Spirit, the frequency of their gatherings increased. They met daily (Acts 2:46), cared daily (Acts 6:1), won souls daily (Acts 2:47), searched the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11), and increased in number daily (Acts 16:5). Their Christian faith was now a day-to-day prayer reality.

Luke encapsulates the Church's spirit-filled situation as being "built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied." (Acts 9:31b, ESV). While all believers are depicted as endowed with the Spirit, the book of Acts records believers, filled with the Spirit experiencing the supernatural, including Peter (Acts 2, 3, 4, 10, 12), Stephen (Acts 6, 7), Philip (Acts 8), Barnabas (Acts 11, 15), Agabus (Acts 11,21), and Paul (Acts 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 27, 28).

This Holy Spirit tongues of fire experience of Pentecost also increased devotion to God through prayer. Any genuine power encounter or outpouring of the Holy Spirit will always be followed by an increased love of prayer. Let us pray together…

All-Powerful Life Changing Father God, thank You for sending us the Holy Spirit, the One who wields the power that brings us to faith in Jesus and helps us to understand our walk with You. Thank You for the generous ministry of the Spirit, whose chief function is to connect us to Your Word, illumine Jesus' teaching, to glorify His person, and to work in the life of every individual believer and the Church. We love You Lord and we are humbled by Your greatness! Fill us up with the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit. Forgive us for neglecting to pray for others and forgetting to pray in the Spirit. In Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.

  • Pastor Cheryl Penn
He (Abraham) said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey. My son and I will go over there and worship and then we will come back to you" (Genesis 22:5, NCV).

At this historically early stage of worship to Jehovah God; the Supreme God; Our Provider, Abraham’s relationship involved four elements. The four element were calling on the Name of the Lord, building sacrificial altars, falling face down in the Lord’s presence (Genesis 17:3) and praying. In Hebrew the word ‘worship’ means to bow down, kneel or prostrate (flat) reflexively in royal homage or adoration to God. This form of worship or prayer in the ancient East, was as common as was human sacrifice. Abraham bowed down to the Lord as he was facing a test of his faith concerning being obedient in sacrificing his son, Isaac (v.2). Bowing down is an active form of adoration in prayer. Adoration is defined as an intense admiration culminating in reverence and worship, together with the outward acts and attitudes which accompany our reverence. Adoration is perhaps the highest type of worship, involving the reverent and rapt contemplation of God’s divine attributes, such as His faithfulness. Adoration represents aspects of worship such as “paying homage to” with bowing down or kissing the hand. As a form of prayer, adoration is to be distinguished from other forms of prayer, such as petition, thanksgiving, confession and intercession. Bowing down is intended to convey a reflexive attitude of reverence, respect, humility, and homage towards another person, not an obligatory gesture. Abraham’s spontaneous bowing down to God, our Maker, is still a vital position of adoration in prayer for us today. Let us bow down in prayer together…

Father God, You, are our Creator, rescuer, provider and at the center of all of our prayers. We humbly bow down and give honor to Your Name. Thank You for Your glorious presence. Lord, like Abraham, may we securely put our faith in Your promises and never waiver in trusting You to keep them. Help us to expect and to rejoice at the arrival of our tests and trials from You, knowing that You can use them to purify our faith (1 Peter 1:7), perfect our character (James 1:1-4) or even to protect us from sin (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). “Come, let us bow down” (Psalm 95:6). In King Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen.

  • Pastor Cheryl Penn
“They all joined together constantly in prayer…” (Acts 1:14a, NIV)

Immediately after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, about 120 followers of Jesus were waiting and praying for the promised Holy Spirit to be poured out upon them to be empowered (Luke 24:49). This group was a collection of different people groups, which included the apostles, their wives, Jesus’ family, ordinary people from Galilee, probably the 70 evangelists, some residents of Jerusalem, and such individuals as Joseph of Arimathea. Even though they were a large diverse group, they were united, of one mind and one accord. Such unity in diversity is one of the most beautiful effects of Christianity.

This “one mind” or “one accord” idea denotes the entire harmony of their opinions and feelings. They were all devoted in earnest heartfelt prayer with no divided interests or purposes. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1, NKJV).

Their obedience to Jesus’ instructions to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was accompanied by doubts, fears, and uncertainties of a future without Jesus in person. Jesus reminds us that unity is strength when He said a Kingdom or Church divided against itself, will fall (Luke 11:17).

I have heard it said, prayer is both the thermometer and the thermostat of the local church; where the "spiritual temperature" either goes up or down, depending on how God's people pray. I believe it is more than this, prayer is the source of spiritual power. It is like the gathering of clouds and the downpour of the rain. John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress, said, "Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to Satan." Let us pray together…

Father God, we love, worship, adore and honor Your great Name! Thank You that You tell us, I am “accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6b, KJV), because You have fully accepted believers through the merits (sacrificial offering) of Christ Jesus. We humbly ask for Your help to accept one another, just as Christ accepted us, “in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7b, NIV). Help us to be alert to others needs for acceptance and to love one another. Forgive us for withholding love, acceptance, and forgiveness from others. We pray for united, one accord prayer with the Body of Christ. In Jesus name we pray, amen.