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Immerse: Messiah, Week 3, Day 1

Devoted to Prayer

Confession time. Immerse, along with the Holy Spirit, have been convicting me nearly every day. Even when I read ahead, so I can write for the blog I get convicted!

We had a little staffing snafu regarding the ECC Prayer Gathering recently, and it turned out I was going to have to man it by myself. It wasn’t the praying part that had me worried, but the technology part. As you know, we’ve upped our tech game around here, and our programming and Facebook LIVEs keep getting better and better. I was concerned about everything running smoothly and looking good. Most everyone on the team offered to switch with me, but I told them I’d think about it.

Later in the day I started reading from week three of Immerse: Messiah. When I got to page 64, I paused and read one of the verses a few times. “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer” (Acts 2:42 NLT).

The early church was devoted to prayer. We, as a church, are devoted to prayer. At that moment, I realized I needed to stay on the schedule for the Prayer Gathering that week. I needed to keep the main thing at the forefront of my mind. Prayer was the main thing. Not technology. Not looking or sounding good. Not having everything perfectly timed. Just prayer.

About nineteen years ago, I read something by Jim Cymbala in Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire that cut me to the heart, and I’ll paraphrase it here: People who love a church come on Sunday mornings; people who love a pastor come on Sunday nights; people who love Jesus come to prayer meetings.

Ouch. Now that’s one man’s words and opinion, but it has obviously stuck with me over the years, and I think it’s worth considering. (Dare I say, “See you Thursday night at the Prayer Gathering?”)

Are we devoted to prayer like the early church was devoted to prayer? I encourage you to keep your eyes open over the next week as you read Acts. May you be as inspired, encouraged, and maybe even as convicted as I was by their devotion.

- Angela Hastings