Acts 2:42 is a summary statement of the first few weeks of the aftermath of Pentecost. "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers" (KJV). I now move on to the fourth item, prayers. This can be understood in two ways, as some translations use the term "and the prayers," that is, ritualistic or commonly repeated prayers.

Keep prayingFirst, we can take it as it reads in the KJV. There is no question that the original twelve disciples knew what it meant to pray. Take, for example, the passage where they asked Jesus, "Lord, teach us to pray" (Luke 11:1). He immediately answered, "When you pray, say..." and gave them what the Church calls the Lord's Prayer but is better called the Disciples' Prayer.

In the same chapter Luke records the promise of prayer, "And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened" (verse 9,10). What comfort this triple assurance of answered prayer gives us!

On numerous occasions, Jesus plainly said to his disciples, "Pray!" He himself spent time alone with God in prayer, so the example and exhortation to pray was constantly present. Jesus also taught how not to pray. In Matthew's account of the Luke 11 incident, we read, "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward... And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words" (Matthew 6:5,7). I'm reminded of D.L. Moody who had asked a man in a service to pray, and he prayed around the world a couple of times. While he was still praying, Moody got to his feet and said, "While our brother is finishing his prayer we'll sing the closing hymn!" I've heard plenty of those kinds of prayer.  Read More 

Biblical-proportions-sale-1For almost a decade I have wanted to put in a place provisions to ensure this teaching ministry continues into the future. Since at least 95+% of our influence and support is in the USA, earlier this year friends of the ministry, with my blessing and input, set up a separate non-profit corporation in Oregon to make our desires a reality. Known as Positive Words, Inc., they have since been granted tax-exempt status there.

With the retirement of our US volunteer who got our teaching resources to you, PWI have decided to change the way we do this. We are therefore clearing the shelves of our US fulfillment center ONLY (not Australia). Future orders will be delivered direct from the US printers of the material.

Some titles we have only a few copies on the shelves; others we may have plenty. At this posting, there are 10 books and 4 CDs on sale, with just over 2000 units left, US stock ONLY. When the shelves are empty, they are gone at these prices! (Closing 30 September regardless!) Newsletter subscribers and previous resource buyers have already been notified, and now you are getting your pick. You can add missing resources to your library and share these truths with your friends as well. But please do it today while stock lasts.

Thank you for your understanding! -- Peter & Vivien Wade.