How to Pray
A Sermon on Acts 2:41-42Read more
Right doctrine should lead to a life of prayer. In Acts 2:41-42, we are given a list of activities of the early church : “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” This last character trait is what Dr. Lloyd-Jones expounds on in this sermon from the book of Acts. As to the importance of prayer he states, “There is no more thorough test of our profession of Christianity than just this: where does prayer come into it?” He also addresses three main questions: “what is prayer?”, “why pray?”, and “how can anyone pray?” On the last issue he notes that it is impossible to pray if God did not intervene and the only hope of coming before a holy God is through the blood of Christ (Heb. 10).
Additional Scripture Translations
Acts 2:41-42, New American Standard Bible
41So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Acts 2:41-42, King James Version
41¶ Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.