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Another way that God works in us is by prayer.   We read in Ephesians 3:20, "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, [only] according to the power that worketh in us."   Many truths are made plain through the Acts of the Apostles.   I want to go beyond reformers and see what the formers said.  
I want to know why the morning Church had the power they had.   Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.   The Acts makes it clear, from the first Chapter all the way through, that prayer is a divinely ordained source of
man receiving spiritual power.
In Acts 4:29 and 31, when the Church was threatened, they said, "...Lord, behold their threatenings...And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness."   Why doesn't the Word of God come forth with more boldness today?   We find the answer to part of the problem in Acts 6:4, where the thought of administering help to the needy and widows came up.   They wanted the preachers to do it.   However, the morning Churches' way was to pick out Holy Ghost-filled men to do the administering and visit the sick.
Verse 4 reads, "But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word."   You show me more preachers who are doing that, and I will show you the Churches' spirituality reaching a higher level.   If you're going to feed The Church, pastors, you have to give yourself much time in prayer and with the Word.   We must go right back to God's chosen ways of working in and through us. 



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