A prayer for the world
Dear Lord, I pray today that I will yield my spirit completely to You, that You may use me as You please.
I pray that You will provide me opportunities to show people how much You mean to me.
Give me discretion to know what to say and how to say it.
Make me bold enough that I may proclaim salvation cheerfully and joyfully.
I pray that the seeds You allow me to plant will grow and mature.
I am forever grateful for the cross; may I proclaim it in a contagious way today. Amen.
A prayer for opportunity, from belief.net.com
A prayer of the church
On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus
Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4.5-12, esv
It's amazing how much repetition and recapitulation there is in Acts, particularly in the early chapters. The authorities challenge the miraculous deeds and teachings of Jesus' followers, in the same way they challenged Jesus himself; sometimes, as here, in similar words (John 2.18). The apostles when challenged do not defend themselves with legal arguments or denials but with sermons, and once again there are striking similarities between these. Why? Because the apostles are not challenged and condemned on their account, but for the sake of Christ; and because in front of their accusers they do not speak for themselves, but allow the Spirit to speak through them, as Jesus said they should (Mark 13.11). This is the Jesus-centered, Spiritfilled life; pray to share it.
Prayers for St George's
We meet for prayer on Wednesday evening at 6.30. Join us in church if you can. If not, text us on 07799 305313 and let us know you are praying, or send us your prayer requests.
Give thanks for our ceilidh last night – the fun and fellowship we enjoyed, and the funds we raised for Seeds of Hope.
Pray for our Connect group, meeting on Tuesday. We are looking at the Acts of the Apostles in the coming weeks.
Pray for Little Fishes, our toddler group, meeting as usual on Wednesday morning; pray for the children and their families, and pray for our volunteers. Think about joining the team – it's fun!
Pray for St Cuthbert's leaders, meeting on Thursday evening.
Pray for your minister and the rest of the Newcastle Street Pastors team, in town on Friday night.
To join us in prayers for individuals please go to our Prayer Board, any requests you may wish to share with us will appear there.