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 5
We see in this chapter some unique things. In this chapter we see Ananias and Sapphira, a married couple that sold a piece of property, told the church they were giving all of the money to the church, and yet gave a smaller amount. It was not forced upon them, but something they did, yet lied. We can learn a lot from this story, but the story I want to look at is later in the chapter.
The apostles are arrested and are brought before the ruling council. The council makes the decision that they are not going to kill the apostles but that they are going to let them go. They don’t leave them empty handed, rather, they beat them and set them loose. The apostles found joy in the fact that they were worthy to be beaten for the sake of the Gospel. As Christians we know that they message of the Gospel is offensive. The Gospel says that you can not please God on your own merit. That in and of itself is offensive. It says that you and I are not good enough. That we need Christ on our behalf. We will face persecution. Church history for the past 2000 years has shown that to be true. We do not seek it, but we must be bold in the face of it. We must hold true to the teachings of the Word.
Adoration– Praise God that He has taken your place. Praise God that He has redeemed you.
Confession- Confess to Christ when you fail to hold true to the Gospel. Confess to Him your fear of man.
Thanksgiving- Thank God for the Gospel. We need to be a people of thanks. We should be so thankful for the grace that has been given to you and I!
Supplication- Pray that the church stands firm during this time. Pray that we would be found faithful to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Pray!