Devoted to Prayer

Welcome to Week 1, Day 1 of The newest study by Love God Greatly“The Importance of Prayer”. Join me here M-F for commentary, links, and a place to grow in your faith and understanding of the importance of prayer in the life of a believer.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Acts 2:42-47

According to one of the definitions I found for the word ‘devoted’, verse 42 could read – “the believers were given over to the Apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” However there was another definition for the word that I truly love in regard to prayer. The definition is ‘very loving or loyal’, and when used in verse 42 would enhance the previous reading something like this – “The believers were devoted to Christ and given over to the Apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” What a beautiful picture and basis for prayer – that we, as the followers of Christ, would be moved to pray not only when we are in need but out of loyalty to and love for Christ. We only have to read the rest of the passage to see the benefit of their devotion teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

“The Apostles were devoted to Christ and given over to teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

Acts 2:42 my paraphrase

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