Directive #6-February 17, 2014
SCRIPTURE: Acts 4:23 – 31 (23) On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. (24) When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, (25) “You made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: “‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? (26) The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.’ (27) Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed. (28) They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. (29) Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable Your servants to speak Your word with great boldness. (30) Stretch out Your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. (31) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
INTERPRETATION: Prayer helps us to get our priorities straight with the goals of evangelization and witnessing.
Luke 18:1 Jesus said, “…men always ought to pray and not lose heart (not faint, not give up).”
Pray for humility (24 – 25) – Humility helps us recognize the sovereignty of God and concedes we need His guidance and assistance.
Pray for our enemies (26 – 28) – Prayer helps us recognize our real and not perceived oppositions in life.
Pray to have the mind of Christ (29 – 30) – Prayer helps us change our attitudes; increases our desire to see good done.
Pray for vision and objectives (29 – 30) – Prayer helps us clarify goals.
Pray for people and life situations (29 – 30) – Talking to our God about circumstances and people makes it easier to work through circumstances and love people.
Pray for accomplishment (31) – Prayer induces action.
Pray for all things and expect results – Prefacing what we do and say with prayer puts the results in God’s hands.
Jerry L. Jones
Chaplain (COL) USA Retired
Director/Endorser Chaplains Ministries