Lord, I am reminded again of a quote by Dr. Stuart Robinson, from his booklet, The Prayer of Obedience:
“The degree to which we are convinced that all real growth is ultimately a supernatural process and are prepared to act upon that belief, will be directly reflected in the priority that we give to corporate and personal prayer in the life of the church.”
It is from this conviction that we turn to you O Lord, for it is you alone that changes lives; it is you alone who transforms society; and it is you alone who will bring revival to this church!! The question is, how badly do we want it and are we prepared to stay on our knees until we get it?
The way I see it, we can labour in vain or we can let the creator of the universe build His house (Psalm 127:1-2). This is why you told your disciples to wait until the Holy Spirit came before they went out to establish the early church. And what did they do while they waited? They prayed together – with one heart and mind! And what happened when the Holy Spirit came? 3,000 people were added to their number that day!! And what did they do in response to that growth? They kept on meeting together in fellowship and prayer! And what did you do Lord? You “added to their number daily those who were being saved”!! (Acts 2)
We worship the same God who took on human form “and made His dwelling among us” (John 1:14); we pray to the same Jesus who commissioned the disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19); and we receive the same Spirit who filled the disciples at Pentecost (Acts 2:14)! It seems to me that for this church to experience Acts 2 growth, we need to practice Acts 1 leadership: “They all joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14).
“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you” (Joshua 3:5)