Today I want to give you the last 5 things that we must CONSTANTLY pray for. Remember, all of these biblical truths come from Acts 3 (Again, READ IT…IT’S GOOD!).
- v. 6 – That we’ll have DEEP POCKETS! This is one thing I’ve never been accused of…deep pockets! Though Peter had no earthly wealth he was RICH in CHRIST! Though Peter couldn’t produce a handout that would last for a moment he was able to offer treasure that would last for eternity! How rich are you? (By the way if you’re reading this, you’re loaded compared to most of the world!) Not in worldly wealth but in things that really matter. If you don’t have eternal treasure, Jesus has plenty to go around…all you have to do is accept what He has already offered! Bottom line…you are as RICH in CHRIST as you WANT to be! NO EXCUSES!
- v. 7 – That we’ll walk in the assurance of God’s FAITHFULNESS! You know Peter had some confidence in God’s faithfulness!! Think about what happens if Peter yanks this guy up by the hand and God doesn’t heal him! Rather than being the guy that God used to heal the lame man he becomes the guy that abused the crippled beggar by the doors to the church! We need to pray that we will walk in the same assurance of God’s faithfulness knowing that He will do all that He has promised. Walking in faith is not the absence of doubt or fear it is doing what God has told you to do even when doubt and fear exist!
- v. 7-10 (See also Acts 4:1-4) That we’ll see changed lives that lead to changed lives! If anything gets my blood pumping it is seeing CHANGED LIVES!! These people saw the power of Jesus to change a person’s life! Acts 4:1-4 tells us that many of them eventually came to Christ themselves! A changed life is a powerful persuasion! (Hence why so many of us have P90X DVD’s that we don’t use!!) Pray that changed lives will roll through this community like dominos! One changed life impacting the next until every life has been impacted for Jesus!
- v. 12 – 26 – That we’ll meet those far from God in a context they’ll understand…not one that we’re comfortable with! Let me explain…Peter began addressing the people at the temple on grounds they could understand…the Old Testament. They were FAMILIAR with the prophets. It was a context (or way of presenting the truth) and a connecting point that they understood! Our presentation of the gospel MUST connect to people in a way that shows them the relevance of the gospel to their lives! It’s not as complicated as it might sound…look for common ground with the person and share how Jesus has worked in your life in similar situations!
- v. 17 – 26 – That we’ll never change the content (truth) of our message! While the context can and should change to meet people where they are, the content must remain the same. The content, or truth, that we must proclaim is the gospel; Jesus was born, lived a perfect life, died for those who aren’t, took our place on the cross, was buried, 3 days later He was raised from the dead by the power of our Heavenly Father, He showed himself to the disciples and many others, He descended to Hell, punched the devil in the mouth, ascended to the right hand of God the Father in order that He could make intercession for those who place their trust in Him and He sent the promised Holy Spirit so that we would be a united and empowered people filling the earth with God’s glory! THAT’S THE GOD I WANT TO SERVE!!
Keep praying…keep investing…keep inviting!! Let God’s Kingdom come and HIS WILL be done on earth as it is in HEAVEN!