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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Pray and Read!

I read a profound verse in my Bible the other. Acts 6:4, "But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word." It is so simple and meaningful which demonstrates the overarching thematic sequence and characteristic in the Luke-Acts twofold writing. Luke wrote with a constant theme and parallel about prayer for the Christian life. In the beginning of the Gospel of Luke in chapter 1, people such as Zachariah, Elizabeth, and Mary all pray. At the end of the Gospel of Luke in chapters 22, 23, 24, the Lord Jesus Christ, the thief, and the women all pray. Acts 1 begins with the disciples praying. Acts 2 demonstrates the powerful results of their prayers through the model church of daily prayer. Acts 3, Peter and John begin their ministry in the temple with prayer. Acts 4, the disciples and followers pray for boldness and the Lord responds mightily. Acts 6 then erupts with urgency, dependency, and fervency towards God to help the church and those people who are in need!

We need to (i.e. daily) be committed to prayer and the ministry of the Word of God to impact others and live holy in sanctification, giving God the glory.

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