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Paul informed the Corinthians that his prayers for them included prayer about a vital matter: “I pray to God that ye do no evil” (2 Cor. 13:7). We need to learn from this Scripture that praying for ourselves and for others that we would do no evil is a vital matter of prayer for all believers!

Let us pray frequently about this vital matter of prayer!

Lord willing, I will be preaching a series of four messages about the Bible and music on March 26! I would appreciate prayers for Spirit-filled skillfulness in preparing for these messages and in preaching them. Thanks in advance to anyone whom God leads to pray for me concerning this preaching series.

Padre santo, gracias por darnos a todos nosotros vida,  aliento y todas las cosas. Ayudanos a que te adoremos en espíritu y en verdad. Gracias por todos los que estan presentes. Muéstranos tu gloria en tu palabra de modo que seamos más como tu Hijo Jesucristo. Bendice lo que se ha dado ahora por amor de tu reino y tu justicia. En el nombre de tu Hijo amado, Jesús de Nazaret.

Service schedule MCBC postMany churches that once had regularly scheduled prayer meetings have discontinued those services altogether. Some churches now meet in small groups instead of having a corporate prayer meeting at their churches.

For several biblical reasons, regardless of whether they also meet in small groups at other times, churches should have regularly scheduled corporate prayer meetings.

Continuing in the Legacy of Pentecost

After the Resurrection of Jesus, a key group of believers were gathered together in one place and all “continued with one accord in prayer and supplication” (Acts 1:14). The Holy Spirit later birthed the Church when on the day of Pentecost He came on believers who “were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1).

Because the Church was born through God’s moving upon believers who had devoted themselves to  praying together in one place, churches today that have regularly scheduled corporate prayer meetings continue in the legacy of Pentecost in a way that churches who do not have such meetings do not.

Churches Should Be Houses of Prayer That Highlight Prayer Meetings

During His incarnation, Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ of God, acted forcefully to cleanse from the temple of God those people who were defiling it (Mark 11:15-16). On that occasion, He taught that it was written that God’s house would be called of all nations “the house of prayer” (Mark 11:17).

Christ obviously greatly valued the temple’s having that designation by all nations! It is unthinkable, then, that God would want that testimony to have ended with the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem.

On the contrary, we would rightfully expect that God would act so that people of all nations would yet have the opportunity to call His house the house of prayer. When Jesus commissioned His disciples to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, how would that opportunity be best extended to the people of all nations?

Pauline teaching in 1 Timothy answers that question decisively. Paul taught Timothy that the Church was “the house of God” (1 Tim. 3:15). He also commanded Timothy that corporate prayer was to have vital importance in the churches of God (1 Tim. 2:1-8).

Based on Jesus’ teaching about the house of God, Paul’s declaring to Timothy that the Church of Jesus Christ is the house of God (1 Tim. 3:15), and his instruction that corporate prayer have a vital place in the Church of God (1 Tim. 2:1), local churches most assuredly should be houses of prayer! As the house of God, local churches should maintain a vital testimony to their community and the world that they are houses of prayer—they should have at least one stated regular prayer meeting that affords anyone who would desire to do so the opportunity of coming to God’s house and rightfully calling it a house of prayer because they experience the primary importance that those believers place upon such prayer meetings!

The Unique Value of Corporate Prayer Meetings

Paul teaches believers that when they assemble together corporately in one place and all minister together, they put themselves in the position of having God use them effectively to bring people to worship Him in a way that their gathering non-corporately does not put them (1 Cor. 14:23-25; see this post for an exposition of this vital truth). Because churches are the houses of God, they should maximize their usefulness to God as His houses of prayer in all nations by having regularly scheduled corporate prayer meetings that He can use in the lives of needy people!

Application

The regularly scheduled corporate prayer meetings of a local church continue the legacy of Pentecost and furnish people with the opportunity to be in God’s houses of prayer in a way that small groups do not. Such corporate prayer meetings allow the believers of a local church to be used by God to minister in the lives of people uniquely in a way that small groups do not!

Although small groups that meet for Bible study and prayer undoubtedly on many occasions benefit many of the believers who meet in that way, they are not corporate prayer meetings of a local church. For all the reasons presented above, churches should not discontinue their regularly scheduled corporate prayer meetings or replace them with small groups!

A Google search (at 9:50 pm tonight) of “donald trump asking for forgiveness” produced multiple hits:

Donald Trump forgiveness search hits

These articles document that Presidential Candidate Trump appears to have testified publicly that he may have never asked God for the forgiveness of his sins.

Jesus has commanded that people pray for the forgiveness of their sins:

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

If Candidate Trump has, in fact, never directly asked God for the forgiveness of his sins, may he do so very soon, just as Matthew 6:9-13 instructs all people to do.

Te rogamos, oh Señor, que ninguno de nuestro misioneros haga nada malo y que ellos sean hechos perfectos (2 Cor. 13:7, 9).

Oramos por ellos que te sirvan en la plenitud de la bendición de Cristo (Rom. 15:29).

Padre, concédelos que sean prosperados en todas las cosas, y que tengan salud, así como prospera su alma (3 John 2).

Señor, salva a todas las personas que están en los ministerios de nuestros misioneros que no creen en Jesucristo de verdad.

Padre celestial, oh Dios de paz, que resucitaste de entre los muertos a Jesús nuestro Señor, el gran Pastor de las ovejas mediante la sangre del pacto eterno, haznos aptos en toda obra buena para hacer tu voluntad, obrando Tú en nosotros lo que es agradable delante de Ti mediante Jesucristo, a quien sea la gloria por los siglos de los siglos. Gracias por esta ofrenda. Te rogamos que bendigas esta ofrenda y la uses para glorificar tu nombre. En el precioso nombre de Jesús. Amén.

Padre celestial, gracias por la gracia de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que siendo rico, sin embargo por amor a nosotros se hizo pobre, para que nosotros por medio de su pobreza llegáramos a ser ricos. ¡Cómo te alabamos, oh Padre, por tu don inefable! Concédenos que nosotros te sigamos plenamente a ti, oh Señor nuestro Dios. Gracias por esta ofrenda. Te rogamos que bendigas esta ofrenda y la uses para tu gloria. En el maravilloso nombre de Jesús. Amén.

Padre celestial, gracias por tu salvación y tu palabra.

‘Exaltado seas sobre los cielos, oh Dios; sobre todo la tierra sea tu gloria.’ [Sal. 57:11]

Padre celestial, te ruego que nos bendigas y nos guardes.

Hagas resplandecer tu rostro sobre nosotros, y tengas de nosotros misericordia.

Te suplico que alces sobre nosotros tu rostro, y nos des paz. [Num. 6]

Gracias por esta ofrenda.

Te ruego que bendigas esta ofrenda y la uses para tu gloria.

En el nombre de Jesucristo. Amén.

Padre celestial, te alabamos por la profundidad de tus riquezas de sabiduría y de conocimiento, oh Dios! ¡Cuán insondables son tus juicios, e inescrutables tus caminos! Porque ¿quién entendió tu mente, oh Señor? ¿O quién fue tu consejero? ¿O quién te dio a tí primero, para que le fuese recompensado? Porque de tí, y por tí, y para tí, son todas las cosas. A tí sea la gloria por los siglos. Amén.