Weekly Pursuit – Week 1 of Jan.

Jan 5, 2014 by

Verses:

Acts 1:13  “And when they entered, they went up to the upper room where they were residing, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the brother of James.”

Acts 1:14  “These all continued steadfastly with one accord in prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”

Ministry Reading:

The way to release our spirit is through prayer. If we do not pray, our spirit will not be released. Hence, we must be diligent to learn to pray. In this regard, there is no distinction between personal or corporate prayer. We should exercise our spirit when we pray personally and when we pray corporately. We should exercise when we pray at home, when we pray with two or three, and when we pray in the meetings of the church. From morning until evening, we should pray continually, and then our spirit will be released through prayer.

Within every believer there is a spirit of prayer, a spirit of fellowship. This spirit is like an egg that is waiting to be hatched. Many believers, however, have a spirit that is like an unhatched egg. Within an egg there is the life of a chicken, but without hatching, this life cannot take shape and manifest the chicken. The egg must be hatched so that the life within the egg can begin to grow. In order for a chicken to grow, the shell must be broken so that the baby chick can be released. There are several thousand saints in the church in Taipei who can be likened to unhatched eggs. If the brothers and sisters in the church in Taipei would begin to pray every day, like the one hundred twenty who were in the upper room in Jerusalem (Acts 1:13-14), I believe that everyone’s spirit would be released. If we are willing to spend the time to “hatch our eggs,” there would be a living expression in the church.

We need to ask ourselves whether or not our spirit has been released. If the shell of our spirit has not been broken, we must use prayer to release the life within us. We must pray continually until our spirit comes forth. From this time forward, we must find brothers or sisters with whom we can pray. (The Priesthood and God’s Building, Chapter 3, Section 3)

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