Prayer in The Early Church (Acts)

Prayer & The Early Church–

Book of Acts: The First 30 Years of the Church

Acts–

  • 1:14 – prayed while waiting
  • 1:24 – prayed to decide leadership
  • 2:42 – devoted to prayer: saw miracles, fruit, conversions (2:43-47)
  • 3:1 – leaders went to “hour of prayer”
  • 3:6 – proclamation (= prayer with special boldness) led to healing
  • 4:22-31 – in persecution, prayed for miracles and boldness
  • 6:4 – dedicated prayer is first priority of leaders
  • 6:6 – prayed (with laying hands) for appointing deacons
  • 8:15 – Holy Spirit given through prayer and laying hands
  • 8:22 – commanded to pray for forgiveness and mercy
  • 9:11 – upon conversion, Paul is marked by his praying
  • 9:40 – prayer brought resurrection from dead
  • 10:2, 4, 30-31 – God responds to the prayers (and fasting) of a not-yet-believer
  • 10:9; 11:4 – God spoke in a vision when Peter prayed
  • 12:5, 12 – church’s constant prayer miraculously delivered Peter from prison
  • 13:1-4 – leaders fasting and praying (with laying hands) brought direction and empowerment to apostles in starting churches
  • 14:23 – prayer and fasting established leaders in the new churches
  • 16:13-15 – yet-to-be-believers at appointed prayer time meet Jesus
  • 16:16 – apostles go to prayer meeting
  • 16:25 – in prison, apostles were praying and singing
  • 20:36; 21:5 – Paul prays with churches before he leaves them
  • 22:17-21 – Jesus appears to Paul while he was praying
  • 28:8-9 – miraculous healing comes through prayer

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