I constantly hear complaints about the problems of the world. Who can God use to bring about a change? God can transform our world himself, but he is seeking for a vessel to work through. The vehicle God wants to use is the church. We have evidence from history that when God’s people pray things happen. The lame walk, the church is emboldened, and prisoners are set free.
We read in Acts 3 that as Peter and John was entering the temple to pray, a man with a need lay at the gate. Peter and John representatives of the church prayed and the man lamed from his mother’s womb began to skip like a young child. We have people with many types of infirmities in our community-cancer, Aids, heart disease, and many other afflictions. God needs some modern day Peter and John to pray that His people will be set free. Jesus told the woman in St. Luke 13:10-13 woman you are loosed from your infirmity. The woman had been that way for 18 years. It doesn’t matter with Jesus how long a person had a need. He just wants to meet that need.
Because of Peter and John meeting the need of this lame man, they were thrown in Jail. But, that didn’t stop them. After being released from prison, Peter and John met with the Church. They didn’t meet to take an offering or have a formal service. They met and asked the church to pray for boldness to continue to speak about Jesus; even though, they had been asked not to preach in that name. When the church prayed, the place was shaken and they were filled with the Holy Ghost to speak the word even more boldly Acts 4:23-31 . Church let us stop talking about bad situations, but let us come together and pray and watch God change things.
Luke tells us in Acts 12:5-19 of Peter being imprisoned and released. He was released not because a parole board met and approved. He was set free because the church prayed. Although sixteen soldiers guarded him, their watchfulness was not enough to keep the angel from leading him out. No matter what have you in bondage, if you can get the chosen ones of God to pray God will move. Church the responsibility is on us to bring change to our world.
If we are going to be like Jesus and follow the commission that He gave us in St. Mark 16:15-18, we must pray for the power of the Holy Ghost. Church, let’s call a prayer meeting. The world needs us!