PRAYING THE PROMISE FOR THE POWER OF PENTECOST
The Promise: “Behold I send the promise… tarry… until… and (they) were continually… praising and blessing God” (Luke 24:49, 53).
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1).
The Pentecostal experience was conceived in a prayer meeting and birthed in the streets with cries of the newborns praising and glorifying God. This is the original formula and the only one that will ever reproduce the original day of Pentecost.
Before the birth of any revival, there must be a conception in prayer. We can plan a program, a seminar, or a crusade, but we cannot plan an outpouring of the Holy Ghost. We can outline our sermons, practice our
songs, but we cannot outline or practice an outpouring of the Holy Ghost. Without prayer, a well-organized crusade could be classified as excellent religious entertainment. Prayer can and will turn our plans into power encounters.
An old English pastor, Sidlow Baxter, when he was 85 years of age, said: “I have pastored only three churches in my more than 60 years of ministry. We had revival in every one. And not one of them came as a result of my preaching. They came as a result of the membership entering into a covenant to pray until revival came. And it did come every time.”
The Prayer: Plan well for Pentecost Sunday and then follow your plan, but challenge the church to pray for the event with intense, intentional intercession continually for ten days or ten weeks.
Make this a time when everything else becomes secondary, even the important things, because after it is all said and done, what God does as a result of our prayers is more essential than all else we can do.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord… And they were All filled with the Holy Ghost. . . ” (Acts 2 1,4).
The book of the Acts of the Apostles records the prevailing power of Pentecost to the last word in the last chapter.
“Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him” (Acts 28 31).
There is no formal ending to the book of Acts. The power of Pentecost will continue to prevail. We are writing the continuing chapters of the Acts of the Apostles as we proclaim Apostolic truth and pray for the
power of Pentecost promised.
“Unto you and to your children, and to all that are afar off. .. ” (Acts 2:39).
The Power: For the 50 days from Easter to Pentecost
Sunday, let us focus on praying the book of Acts over our cities and nations and expect to experience an “Acts 29” revival in the continuation of Pentecostal power. (See “Pray the Book of Acts Over Your City” on page 24. )
Encourage others to pray with you that another chapter of Acts will be experienced in your city (Acts 1: 14).
Day One “Pray, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.”
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you” (Acts 1:1-14).
Entreat: The Lord to loose the spirit of prayer and supplication in your church: Matthew 21:13; Acts 1:14; I Thessalonians 5:17. Ask: Jesus to fill every ministry of your church with the power of the Holy Ghost: Luke 11:9-13; Acts 1:8.
Day Two Pray for Power in Apostolic Preaching (Acts 2:1-4).
” ..In the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17).
Petition: That Jesus would be lifted up before all men: John 12:32; Acts 2:36; Colossians 1:28.
Claim: Apostolic results of repentance, water baptism in Jesus’ name and the infilling of the Holy Ghost with the evidence ofspeaking with other tongues: Mark 16:15-20; Acts 2:31-38, 4:30.
Invite: The Lord to add to your number daily such as should be saved: Acts 2:47; 4:4; 5:14; 6:7; 8:12; 9:31; 11:21.
Day Three Pray for Boldness in Jesus’ Name (Acts 3:1-21).
Pray: In Jesus’ name for the sick to be healed Luke 1() 9; Acts 3:6.
Praise: His name for signs and wonders to confirm the word: John 14:12.
Day Four Pray for Deliverance from Evil (Acts 4).
Bind: In Jesus’ name, the powers of darkness resisting the gospel: Matthew 18:18-19.
Request: Boldness for your pastor and church leaders to preach the complete Apostolic message of truth: Acts 4:31.
Day Five Pray for Evangelistic Outreach (Acts 8).
Intercede: That the gospel will be preached where it has not been heard Acts 8:4; Matthew 28:19.
Seek: God for leaders within governments to be saved as the Ethiopian leader: Acts 8:35; II Timothy 2:1-6.
Day Six Pray for Miraculous Conversions (Acts 9:1-31).
Believe: God for sinners to be arrested with a “Damascus Road” experience: Acts 1:1-6; John 16 7-11.
Raise: Up, Lord, disciples like Ananias and Barnabas to build bridges for new converts to be accepted into the church: Acts 9:15, 27, 31.
Day Seven Pray for a Harvest of Households & Families (Acts 10).
Boldly: Pray for those ready to hear like Cornelius and those ready to tell like Peter Acts 10:2, 23.
Diligently: Ask for the Holy Ghost to draw whole households to the church: Matthew 2:21; Acts 10:44.
Day Eight Pray for the Persecuted (Acts 12:1-17).
Earnestly: Pray for every ministry, especially your pastor, to be liberated from every prison to freely proclaim the Apostolic message with power.
Rebuke: In Jesus’ name, oppression and persecution of suffering Christians in other nations Colossians 2:2-3; Philippians 1:12.
Day Nine Pray for Dynamic Worship Services to Convict Sinners (Acts 16:16-34).
Agree: In prayer for a renewal of worship and praise in your church: Psalm 85:6; Matthew 18:18.
Expect: A spirit of conviction of sin and a desire for conversion to permeate every worship service: Acts 16:30; Romans 1:16.
Day Ten Pray for your Pastor and Church Leaders (Acts 28:1-10).
Covet: In prayer a Spirit of stedfastness to complete this ministry to the end: I Corinthians 15:58; I Timothy 6:12.
Resist: In Jesus’ name, attacks on your pastor and church leadership: Acts 20:28-31; II Timothy 4:17-18.
For a more detailed study guide to lead your church congregation in praying the book of Acts, please contact either the Home Missions Division or the World Network of Prayer for Terry Tekyl s book entitled
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