Praying for Church Planting through the Book of Acts
Recently, I met a man named Terry Teykl. He is an unassuming man, small in stature and quiet in personality. But when he prays, God does amazing things. Here's one story: Many years ago Terry was sent to College Station to start a church. He was given a building and parsonage, but had no people. On top of that, the property was $300,000 in debt. As a new graduate from seminary he didn't have much experience to fall back on, so he did the only thing he knew to do. He prayed.
Halfway through the first hour of his first prayer vigil a young man knocked on his door. The man said, "I want to become a follower of Jesus, can you help me do that?" They talked. They prayed. The young man came to faith. The following week he began to pray at the same time. Halfway through a knock came at the door. There stood another young man with the same request: "I want to become a follower of Christ, can you help me?"
Since those early days in College Station, Texas God has done unbelievable things through this simple man who prayed. He challenged me to begin to pray through the book of Acts. I want you to join me. Over the next ten days I will send you verses from Acts with specific points of prayer. Pray through those verses and ask the Holy Spirit to come in power.
We want to see God continue the work of Christ through the Holy Spirit that he began in Acts. That will happen if we pray. So, please pray with me and let's watch what God will do!
Pray for Power:
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
Pray that the Spirit would empower us to be faithful witnesses to Christ
Pray that the Spirit would lead us to those who are being drawn by him.
Pray that the Spirit would lead men, women, and families to faith.
Pray for a Place
"they went up to the upper room room, where they were staying" (Acts 1:13)
Pray for the Lord to provide us with a place to gather and pray
Pray for the Lord to lead us to a target neighborhood in Houston
Pray for the Lord to give us a place to live in the target neighborhood
Pray for People
"All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120)" (Acts 1:14-15).
Pray that God would gather a group of committed followers of Christ who know the resurrected Jesus (1:3)
Pray that God would bring together different kinds of people (young/old, black/white/ married/single)
Pray that God would create a team of 120