Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” How would Jesus do this? We find the answer plainly in the book of Acts. Jesus built his church as a prayer meeting. Though they lacked power, they were a church before the Day of Pentecost. After Pentecost, the “upper room” praying continued. Every successful action of the church–the deliverance of Peter from prison, the salvation of the lost, and sending out missionaries–was preceded by prayer. They first prevailed in prayer, then prevailed in their activities.
How have we missed this? Today, churches emphasize the “action,” and relegate prayer to a small add-on meeting–if that. But in the New Testament church, every member of the church was a member of the prayer meeting. Unlike today, there was no double standard of “Sunday Christians” and “praying Christians.” How can I say, “I love Jesus,” and not love his prayer meeting? We haven’t followed our Builder’s design for His church. And do we wonder that our churches don’t look like the book of Acts?
Is your church a prayer meeting? Will you make a commitment to be a member of that praying assembly–even if it’s just a few of you in an upstairs room?