How to Pray
A Sermon on Acts 2:41-42
So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
The Fellowship of the Believers
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (ESV)
Life is volatile and we do not know what each day holds. What if there is another terrorist attack? What if I lose my job? We often imagine that the worst could happen, and Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out that, in some sense, the worst will happen—we will die. However, if one lives in light of this reality he or she begins to understand that the Gospel is of utmost importance and living in light of the Gospel is required. Specifically, right doctrine should lead to a life of prayer. In Acts 2:41-42, we are given a list of activities that the early church was doing: “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. 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?”. Next, he proceeds to address 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. Our only hope of coming before a holy God is through the blood of Christ (Heb. 10).