As we gather for prayer tonight, let’s align with the early Church in Acts, particularly Acts 4:24-31.
In the face of mounting opposition and daily persecution, these early believers remained steadfast. Their secret?
Making room for God through prayer together.
Gospel preaching, they realized, relied on the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, allowing them to collectively and boldly share God’s Word with all.
In reflecting on Acts 4:24-31, we, as today’s church, should draw encouragement from the powerful example set by early believers.
24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 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 rise up and the rulers band 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 signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Their prayers overflowed with adoration, acknowledging God as our Creator. They embraced His omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, and sovereignty, recognizing His supremacy over any challenge we may encounter. These unified prayers beautifully demonstrated making room for God to reveal Himself in every situation.
In light of this, we, too, as believers, must ponder the following:
- Do you make room to actively engage with God and others through scripture, prayer, and practical love and service?
- Are you so preoccupied with worldly concerns that you leave no room for God to work through your life collectively with others via the Holy Spirit?
As we allow our hearts to reflect upon these questions, consider that Jesus made room for all, even to those who would later betray Him.
His ministry was marked by the greatest sacrifice, making room for all who would receive Him as their Lord and Savior. He gave of Himself, offered His love to all, and reconciled the lost found in Him with the Father for salvation.
Just as Jesus made room for all on the cross, even while we were still sinners, let’s devote our lives to making room to prayerfully seek God daily, both individually and collectively.
And just like He did in Acts, His Spirit will fill the rooms of our lives for the lost in communities and on the campuses in Fort Worth to encounter, return to, and find wholeness in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Make room for God and join us tonight at 8 p.m. on Zoom.
Pastor Alvin & Mallary Brown
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General Prayer Requests & Updates
For evangelism to flourish so communities and campuses in the greater Fort Worth area will be reached, and the lost will see and experience the love of Christ and be drawn to his kingdom.
For signs and wonders to follow the preaching of His Word.
For team unity and laborers to help carry the load.
For finances and provisions.
For fully funded campus missionaries (2 per campus) to help reach the next generation — Texas Christian University (TCU), Tarrant County College (TCC), Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) and Tarleton State University – Fort Worth (TSU), University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), and Dallas Baptist University (DBU).
Alvin Brown, the Lead Pastor of Mosaic Church Fort Worth, brings over a decade of pastoral ministry experience and more than 20 years of operational and technical leadership expertise. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Mallary, and their three children and contributing as a writer to various media outlets.