Selwyn now moves on to look at ‘another distinctive of the Early Church: the practice of persevering prayer.’
‘ … praying for the sheer joy of communicating with heaven – is, I believe, what is being conveyed in Acts 2:42; “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”‘
I entirely agree with Selwyn on this point that prayer is sheer joy. When I first wake in the morning I start to pray for those who are close to my heart and I know many who are sick and need the comfort of a loving God. Sometimes, I wake during the night, and often someone’s name comes to mind and I now automatically start to pray for that person – as I’ve often found out later that they were undergoing some sort of crises at the time. It is for me, the most joyous activity, to pray to Jesus knowing that my imperfect prayers are being heard and He is responding to them in His most perfect way.
The prayer for today – is so, so relevant: “O God, wake us up to the power that is available to us through fervent believing prayer. We know this in theory, but we are so loathe to give ourselves unreservedly to such prayer. Forgive us and help us. In Jesus’ name we ask it. Amen.”