Words from the Heart for Sunday May 27th, 2018
When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them…”
Acts 4:24 (NLT)
Together in Prayer
When the Lord’s followers in the early Church had their first major threat from the very ones who had crucified the Lord Jesus, they did not draw back in fear. Rather, they met together andcalled upon the Lord and asked for more boldness to serve. They referred to Him as “Creator” because He had the highest authority. He was their sure protection.
Of the 20 per cent of Canadians who say they pray every day, most say they do so out of gratitude. But when the rest — who pray fewer than two to three times a week — close their eyes and talk to a supreme being, chances are they’re asking for something, according to a survey of Canadians and prayer carried out by the Angus Reid people back in 2016. When asked what words they use in prayer, 50% said they have a personal conversation with God.
Atheists may try to avoid admitting this, but innately, we all know that there is something or someone who is greater than us, to whom we can cry out when in need, or when we’ve been blessed in some way. We want to offer prayers of thanksgiving or petition. It has been this way almost as soon as sin entered into the human heart and men and women began to call on the name of the Lord, as Genesis 4:26 says. If this is the case for those who don’t know the Lord Jesus, how much more is it for those of us who do! In Acts 4, Peter and John are arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin. They are questioned and eventually released. Acts 4:24 tells us the response of God’s people: When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them…” God’s people are called to pray without ceasing. And sometimes we do that in the fellowship of the saints. What a blessing it is to gather together to pray.
These have been words from the heart.