Be Transformed – Raise Your Prayerfulness!

”All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer” – Act 1:14 One measure of how much you have been transformed by the power of Jesus’ gospel is to measure the level of your prayerfulness: The lower your prayerfulness, the lower your transformation and vice versa.

Let me present the summary of a recent survey conducted by telephone on prayer meetings in 2011 in some B-P churches.

Number of churches surveyed………………………………………………… 15

Total number of members in those churches……………………………… 6406

Average number attending weekly prayer meetings ……………………… 354

Percentage of members attending prayer meetings……………………5.5%

Church leaders attendance described as…………………………..... “Very poor”

No commentary is needed here; the results of this simple survey speak for itself. And it’s a sad story.

But why hold prayer meetings?

Charles Spurgeon, the great 19-Century English preacher, referring to the Apostolic history of meetings for prayers, said, “Those meetings must have been very common ... they were, doubtless, everyday occurrences.” And he went on to discern a few facts connected with them which may be instructive.

  • The first use of the prayer-meeting was “to encourage a discouraged people.”
  • The second use of prayer meetings was “it is the appointed place to receive power”
  • The third use was “it is the resource of the persecuted church.”
  • The fourth use was “it is the means of individual deliverance.”
  • The fifth use was it was “the means of suggesting missionary operations.”
  • The sixth purpose was that it may “be the first step in a new work for Christ.”

On the “usefulness” of prayer meetings, Spurgeon has this to say:

God has made our holiness to be a thing which shall be personal, but yet he looks for family holiness … We sing together and pray together, and thus our Christian brotherhood is manifested to the world, and is even more enjoyed by ourselves.

On the night before he was betrayed, Jesus took Peter, James and John (his so-called “inner circle” of disciples) into Gethsemane and asked them, “Stay here and watch with me” while he went a little further to pray. When he returned he found them asleep! Addressing Peter, Jesus exclaimed: “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?”

Can we call ourselves Christian, live the transformed life, and not WATCH with Jesus?

Pastor Robert Chew