Prayer and the Healthy Church
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14).
To grow in your relationship with Christ, you need to associate with a solid, healthy church. How can you identify a healthy church? First, it needs to be centered in Christ, grounded in God’s Word, and empowered by prayer as it is fulfilling His mission.
Let’s talk about the “empowered by prayer” part as central to a healthy church. The Christian church actually began through a prayer meeting. After Christ’s resurrection, He spent forty days with His disciples, explaining what the mission of the church should be. Before He ascended to heaven, Jesus told them to go to Jerusalem and wait in the Upper Room. They were there for ten days—in a prayer meeting—asking for God’s guidance and waiting for Him to lead them. God responded powerfully with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Thus began the church.
During Jesus’ ministry, He was quite clear that His house was to be a house of prayer. Throughout His mission on earth, Jesus regularly immersed Himself in prayer, setting the example for His followers. He taught us how to pray. And His church was founded on prayer.
So when you are searching for a healthy church, be sure it is centered on Christ and fulfills His mission. That only occurs when it is grounded in the written Word of God. Then look for a church that follows Jesus’ example of prayer.
Christ, God’s Word, and prayer—these are the right starting points when looking for a healthy church.