40 Days of Prayer.
I am so thankful that you have chosen to join us on this journey. Over the next 40 days we are going to be looking at God’s Word and letting it guide our prayer. We believe that God has big things in store for SBC. God is going to use these next 40 days to challenge us and lead us to be a more faithful church. I hope that you will be prayerful and pray for big things!
Read: Acts 3
Acts 3:4 “And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.”
I’ve always been amazed at this verse. There is something to be said about it, something that you and I can learn a lot from.
Before this verse Peter and John are going up to the temple to pray. They are on their way to pray as they would have done any other time. It was not unusual to see those in need waiting by gates of the temple for people to give of their charity to them. It would not have been unusual for them to simply walk right past the man looking to where they were going. But that is not what happened. The man was asking for alms to everyone that went past him. He would have went quickly from individual to individual. This was different.
Peter and John directed their gaze at him. They took the time to look and notice the issue that this man faced. He was unable to walk, unable to provide for himself, lived off of the charity of others. They took the time to notice him. How often do we fail to notice those around us. Not just those who are hungry or cripple. Those around us that are hurting. We fail to take the time to know their hurt, to know their pain. Right now we have so many that are living in anxiety, fear, and hopeless. How have you directed your gaze at them? How have you let them know that you are thinking about them? How have you shared the hope? I pray that you will get this and do something about it.
Adoration– Praise God for the many blessings that He has blessed you with. Praise Him for the grace that He has given you. You’ve been so blessed. Praise Him for it!
Confession- Confess your lack of compassion. Confess that you’ve failed to see the needs of others. Confess your lack of caring for others. Confess your selfishness. I know that it is easy to get wrapped up in our own concerns that we forget others. Let it not be said of us.
Thanksgiving- Thank God for those who have blessed you. Thank God for those that didn’t just walk past you but turned their gaze to you.
Supplication- Pray that God would give you a heart of compassion. Pray that you would seek to bless someone this week, to love them, to share grace with them.