ILLUSTRATION – Husbands and wives, what kind of relationship would you have if you were so busy all the time that you didn’t have time to just sit down to talk and listen to one another? What kind of relationship would you have if there was some offense between the two of you where you don’t even want to talk to each other? Dads and moms, what kind of relationship would you have with your kids if you hurried through the day of getting ready for work and school, rushing through an evening meal, consumed with homework, but you never had time to just listen to and talk to your kids … where you actually felt like you know what was going on in their little lives? Relationships are built on communication … talking, listening, and sharing your hearts with one another. And the same thing is true in our relationship with God. And prayer is the essential to building our relationship with God.
Open your Bibles to Acts 1:14. The first followers of Jesus were people of prayer. And we saw last week that that enabled them to position themselves to receive the power that Jesus promised to give by the Holy Spirit. They prayed alone and they prayed when they were together. Read Acts 1:14. (more…)