Colossians 4:2, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” The early church knew how important prayer was. The apostles had watched the Lord Jesus pray all night long at times. And they knew that if Jesus thought prayer to be that important how much more should they make prayer an important part of their lives, and actually an important part of early church life? So, they taught the early church to be a people of prayer.
After the Lord’s ascension into heaven do you remember what they did? There were about 120 of them at that time. They all went back into Jerusalem and guess what they did? They prayed together as the church. 120 of them! Acts 1:14, All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer. Men and women together as the church praying. What a beautiful site!
And we all know the story of the early church. The Day of Pentecost came. The Holy Spirit of God fell upon them. Peter starts preaching. People start listening. There is conviction of sin. There is belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. People are getting baptized and there is enormous growth in the Church right there in Jerusalem. And what are the people doing? Acts 2:42, and they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. God’s people were meeting together, having fellowship, eating, and praying. They were devoted to it. Are you devoted to those important things that we do as a church? And even more specifically according to Colossians 4:2, prayer?