Daily Service: Before you preach(minister); Pray
Biblical Examples of Prayer Before Preaching
We are given many examples of how prayer and preaching go hand in hand. One of the greatest examples of how prayer impacts preaching is found in the book of Acts. During the time of Pentecost, we read in Chapter One,
12Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13When they arrived; they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14They all joined together constantly in prayer.
What would follow this time of prayer is commonly referred to as the Day of Pentecost or the outpouring of the Spirit. The Bible states in Acts 2:1-4:
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
The outpouring of the Spirit was an awesome display of God’s power. But it was not only a display; it was a necessary requirement for what was to come next. It would be from this divine empowerment that God would prepare the Apostles to begin to preach. The sermon of Peter reveals the necessity of the power of prayer in preaching, as five thousand people would be saved from hearing his first sermon. The Apostles would continue this model in prayer as we read in the book of Acts 6:4: “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”
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