It is clear from the Book of Acts that the early church gave pre-eminence to prayer. For example, we see that after Jesus ascended, the disciples with “one accord devoted themselves to prayer” (Acts 1:14). When the Holy Spirit came upon them on the day of Pentecost, they were in a place of prayer. After being filled with the Spirit, they devoted themselves to prayer, amongst other things (Acts 2:42). When disputes arose in the church over the distribution of food, the apostles refused to be distracted from their devotion to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4). And so we can go on right through Acts.
Should we do any less today? If anything, we need to give of ourselves even more in prayer.
Prayer shows our total dependence on God. Prayer puts us in a place of receiving all that Christ has made available to us. It is in prayer that we have a greater awareness of God and His awesomeness. And it is prayer that releases the power of God into our lives and the lives of others.
Prayer to the Christian is as essential as breathing. It is as essential as food and water is to sustaining life. Prayer is simply something we cannot do without!
The Bible commands us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). In keeping with this devotion to prayer we encourage every believer to pray, both on their own and together with other believers. We have regular times of corporate prayer where we come together to worship and pray. We also teach every believer to pray by themselves every day about every thing in every place.