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Prayer in the Early Church

mark 1:35

Mark 1:35 ESV
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

Jesus made time to talk to God

Jesus knew that there was : A time to teach and a time to pray.
Acts 28:8 ESV
It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him, healed him.
Then listen what happens next…
Acts 28:9 ESV
And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured.
Sound like Jesus' encounter?
Why can't we pray like that?
Is that kind of prayer only for the apostles?

What should it look like today?

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Culture of Prayer (v13-14)

verse 13-14

We talk to God when we are suffering. (prayer)

We talk to God when we are cheerful. (praise)

When needed, we ask our elders to pray for us. (prayer)

1. Anoint with oil in the name of the Lord.
2. The prayer of faith will save him (of the elders)
3. if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Sin and illness…

b. Jesus "Neither this man sinned or his parents"
c. Paul, "that's why some of you are sick."

Culture of Confession (verse 15-16)

i. "Therefore" – in order for this to happen for you
1. Confess your sin to one another
2. (because) the prayer of a righteous person is powerful.

How Can I Pray Like that?

a. Story of Elijah
i. Had a nature like ours
ii. Actually got it to stop raining for 3 1/2 years
iii. Listen to Elijah's prayer just before rain ()
1. Ordered a stand-off
2. 450:1 (idolatrous priest of Baal)
3. At noon he taunted them
4. Pour water all over his .
b. How could I possible pray with that authority?
James 5:16 ESV
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
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Our righteousness feeds a powerful prayer life.

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Ask without doubting

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Not self-seeking (glorify God, help others)

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Prayer is to be central in our lives (good and bad).

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), .
[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), .
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