June 03, 2019
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)
Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).
So, what did they do? They prayed and they prayed together.
The entire group recognized the priority of prayer. No one was missing (which is the opposite of most of our prayer gatherings today).
"with one mind"
They were completely united in prayer. There is something about prayer that unifies. Something amazing happens when we all gather in the presence of the Lord. Our agendas are laid at His feet and we discover His agenda. And we are united in that agenda.
Prayer for them was not a momentary crisis reaction, but an unceasing reality.
The word "devote" means to "be strong towards." Some are strong towards sports, or work, or entertainment. These men and women were visible strong in communion with God.
They were devoted to the one thing that they knew would change everything, for prayer can do what God can do. The next chapters of the book of Acts tell the story of the results. The Spirit came in power and launched the rapid expansion of the church. And, if you will study it, you will discover that prayer is found in almost every chapter and at the forefront of each major experience of the exploding church in Acts.
This was the pattern of men and women who were greatly used of God.
Is it our pattern? Is it yours?
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February 26, 2020
February 24, 2020
We have our golden calves. Power, pleasure, materialism are three big ones. We bow before them, doing anything to get them. They become idols that we worship. Stone gods that we bow before. And God has the same reaction.
When will we learn? There is ONE GOD! There is only one who can deliver us. Only one from whom every good and perfect gift originates. One Creator of all that is, including the very cells of our bodies. One God we should look to and one God we should worship and serve.
February 22, 2020
Does God have a task for you to do? Most assuredly He does. Then He will put the calling, empowering, and skill necessary to accomplish His work in and through you. This sufficiency is true for the smallest, daily tasks and the greatest endeavors. You need not fear. Look to Him and all the sufficiency you need will be provided. You will be able to say with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
In this way, God’s miraculous work gets done and all the glory goes entirely to the One who equipped you for the task.