The early church, as described in the book of Acts, was praying church. When they gathered, they prayed. When they were persecuted, they prayed. Prayer covered everything they did, and God blessed them for their dependence upon Him.
For example, Peter was arrested and was headed toward execution. The response by the church – PRAYER. So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. (Acts 12:5 ESV) The result of this supplication? Peter was rescued from the jail by an angel from God.
Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.” (Acts 12:6-11 ESV)
Furthermore, how did Peter find the church when he came to them following his escape? In prayer.
When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. (Acts 12:12 ESV)
Finally, what was the long-term result of all this prayer? The church grew. Men and women and children who were without salvation and in danger of enduring God’s wrath were redeemed by the blood of the Lamb as the Word of God was shared.
But the word of God increased and multiplied. (Acts 12:24 ESV)
What would happen in our churches today if we prayed with the same fervency as the early church?
Think about it.