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25—ACTS 10:9-20

PETER WENT UP TO PRAY
Acts 10:9-20
Acts 10:9-20 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: (10) And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, (11) And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: (12) Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. (13) And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. (14) But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. (15) And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. (16) This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. (17) Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, (18) And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. (19) While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. (20) Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.

SCRIPTURE HAS REVEALED THAT THE NEW TESTAMENT
BELIEVERS WERE A PEOPLE DEVOTED TO PRAYER.

THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD COULD NOT BE MANIFESTED IN ITS FULL POWER WITH ONLY A FEW MINUTES A DAY DEVOTED TO PRAYER – Acts 1:14; 2:42; 3:1; 6:4; Eph 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. — Col 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. [3] And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. [4] Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.

1.  The pious Jew prayed two or three times each day — (Psa 55:17 ASV) Evening, and morning, and at noonday, will I complain, and moan; And he will hear my voice. — (Dan 6:10 ASV) And when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house (now his windows were open in his chamber toward Jerusalem) and he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

2.  It was the custom of the followers of Christ - especially the apostles - to pray with the same devotion – (Acts 6:4 ASV) But we will continue steadfastly in prayer, and in the ministry of the word.

3.  Peter and John went to the temple to observe "the hour of prayer" (Acts 3:1 ASV) Now Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

  • Hour of prayer. The three stated times of prayer for later Judaism were:
    midmorning (the third hour, 9:00 A.M.),
    time of the evening sacrifice (the ninth hour, 3:00 P.M.)
    sunset.

4.  Luke and Paul did the same — (Acts 16:16 ASV) And it came to pass, as we were going to the place of prayer, that a certain maid having a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much gain by soothsaying.

  • 16:16 spirit by which she predicted the future. A "python" spirit, a demonic spirit.
  • The python was a mythical snake worshipped at Delphi and associated with the Delphic oracle.
  • The term "python" came to be used of the persons through whom the python spirit supposedly spoke.
  • Since such persons spoke involuntarily, the term "ventriloquist" was used to describe them.
  • To what extent she actually predicted the future is not known.

5.  Peter prayed regularly at noon or "the sixth hour."

6.  God rewarded Cornelius for his faithfulness in keeping his hours of prayer — (Acts 10:30 ASV) And Cornelius said, Four days ago, until this hour, I was keeping the ninth hour of prayer in my house; and behold, a man stood before me in bright apparel,

  • 10:30 Four days ago. The Jews counted a part of a day as an entire day:
  • the day the angel appeared to Cornelius,
  • the day the messengers came to Joppa and Peter received a vision,
  • the day the group set out from Joppa and
  • the day they arrived at Cornelius's house.
  • a man in shining clothes. Common language to describe an angel when appearing in the form of a man.

THE SCRIPTURES URGE BELIEVERS…

1.  To continue steadfastly in prayer (Rom 12:12 ASV) rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing stedfastly in prayer;

  • 12:12 Be joyful in hope. The certainty of the Christian's hope is a cause for joy (see 5:5; 8:16-25; 1Pet 1:3-9).
  • patient. Enduring triumphantly--necessary for a Christian, because affliction is his inevitable experience (see John 16:33).
  • faithful in prayer. One must not only pray in hard times, but also maintain communion with God through prayer at all times (see Luke18:1; 1Thes 5:17).

2.  To pray always — (Luke 18:1 ASV) And he spake a parable unto them to the end that they ought always to pray, and not to faint. — (Eph 6:18 ASV) with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

3.  To pray without ceasing 1Thes 5:17 (NAS) pray without ceasing;

4.  To persevere in prayer — (Col 4:2 ASV) Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving.

5.  To pray fervently — (James 5:16 ASV) Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working.

These scriptures teach there can be no real kingdom power in our battle against, sin, Satan and the world, or victory in our attempt to win the lost, heal the sick and diseased, cast out evil spirits, and preach the kingdom gospel, without much daily prayer.

THE HOUR OF PRAYER MIGHT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Praise.
  2. Singing to the Lord.
  3. Thanksgiving.
  4. Waiting on the Lord.
  5. Reading the Word.
  6. Listening to the Holy Spirit.
  7. Praying the very Words of Scripture.
  8. Confessing failings.
  9. Intercession for others.
  10. Petitions for one's own needs.
  11. Praying in tongues.
  12. Praying in the Spirit — (Jude 1:20-21 ASV) But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, {21} keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
    (Rom 8:26 ASV) And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
  • 8:26 In the same way. As hope sustains the believer in suffering, so the Holy Spirit helps him in prayer.
  • with groans that words cannot express. In 8:23 it is the believer who groans; here it is the Holy Spirit.
  • Whether Paul means words that are unspoken or words that cannot be expressed in human language is not clear—but probably both, though 8:27 seems to suggest the latter.
  • (Rom 8:27 ASV) and he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
  • 8:27 The relationship between the Holy Spirit and God the Father is so close that the Holy Spirit's prayers need not be audible, yet at times are. God knows his every thought.
  • (Eph 6:18 ASV) with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

THERE IS NO GREATER CALLING OR MINISTRY THAN THE MINISTRY OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Prayer requests: 1-918-224-3609
Mail: Pastor Ira L. Hargis
9238 Columbia St.
Sapulpa, Oklahoma USA 74066
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