When you wake up on a Monday morning and you do your devotions and you realize that the same theme keeps reoccurring, perhaps it’s a wakes-up call that a message is trying to find its way to your soul. Here’s the theme: Seek the LORD and do it in the right ways and with the right company!
In recent months I have been reflecting on the value and power of the believing community together with what it means to follow Christ. And yesterday our pastor gave a message titled, When the going gets tough, the tough…, and his scriptural reference was Acts 4: 23-31. In this particular passage Luke is describing what happened to a couple of apostles (Peter and John) following their release after being detained by the Jerusalem Council. The scripture says that immediately following their release they went to “their own companions.” Why did they do this? They did it in order to share what was happening and so that they could pray together. What’s interesting is their prayer was no ordinary prayer!
The disciples’ prayer firstly recognized the sovereignty of God in all things (v. 24) and then the prayer turned to things like asking for confidence and boldness in speaking God’s Word. In addition to that, the disciples asked for God to move in powerful ways – healings, signs, wonders! This prayer serves as a reminder that when the going gets tough, the tough seeks out their Christ-following companions and they share (in an appropriate way!) and they also pray together! (This was in my pastor’s message.)
Now, not only are we to seek out friends, we are daily to seeks the LORD and His strength. My devotional book this morning talked about trusting God in all things, even when things seems routinely boring! Psalm 105:4 says, “Seek the LORD and His strength; seek his face continually.” Again, a reminder that it is in God’s strength that we are to live in…it’s not in our own.
My pastor gave some challenge/reflection questions with respect to some of the points touched on in his message. (You can listen to Ebenezer sermons online here.) My reflection for this week is rethinking how I pray. My pastor suggested the following questions to be used for reflection: When was the last time you prayed for boldness? When was the last time you prayed for a miracle? When was the last time you prayed for a supernatural event for your friends? Others?
Take some time today to reflect on the apostles’ prayer in the Acts passage mentioned above and ask yourself what the Lord would have you learn.
The Reverend Carmen Kampman is a woman on the road of leadership. Ordained with the PAOC, she is a steward of God’s call to women in ministry. She is on staff at Horizon College & Seminary and a graduate student in the Masters of Leadership program at Briercrest Seminary.