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Paul's Prayers for the Church

This week we started a new sermon series, Paul's Prayers for the Church. We will be looking at the apostles' prayers for the early church. In Acts 4:23-31, we see the first occasion of persecution of the Christian church. When they were arrested, Peter and John's first reaction was to pray, not for comfort, or for God's deliverance, but to remind themselves who God is and to ask God to carry out his plan. They left it all up to God and recognized they were still in the hands of God.

"Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, 'Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed' - for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus." - Acts 4:23-31

As you go out this week, preach the Gospel despite oppression. Pray this prayer each day! Be bold!

Posted by Meredith Collins at 1:42 PM
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