Lent 2009 (28) – Prayer and action

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And
they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly.
Acts 4:31

‘After they prayed.’ It’s amazing the difference prayer makes. But that should hardly surprise us. We believe in a living God who can do things way beyond our imagining and yet so often we struggle on trying to do things from our own resources alone.

This is particularly so with mission. The most wonderfully thought out evangelistic strategy, the most imaginative mission programme will come to nothing without the work of the Holy Spirit.

Only God’s Spirit can open people’s hearts and minds to understand and believe. And, while no doubt the Holy Spirit can work without our prayer, God seems in some way to tie his work in with our prayer.

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