The sermons in the past few weeks starting from Acts 13 have enabled us to journey in the footsteps of Jesus’ followers and witness the spread of the gospel. Jesus’ disciples were gifted, courageous, and filled with the Holy Spirit. The early church missionaries performed miracles and signs which testified to the message they preached. In spite of serious beatings and oppression, Paul and his co-workers continued their mission. What was their secret?
13:2-3 the Antioch church was worshiping the Lord and fasting when they received the vision to send out Paul and Barnabas on their first mission journey.
14:23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders in each church and entrusted them to the Lord with fasting and prayers.
16:25 Paul and Silas were singing and praying while they were locked up in jail.
Their spiritual secret of prayer, full dependence on and submission to God is a big encouragement to us.
Compared to early church missionaries, we may not see that we are so gifted, courageous, or filled with the Holy Spirit in order to witness for the gospel. There is so much going on around and within us to draw our attention away from witnessing for Jesus. While praying may be one of the most challenging ministries, yet it is also quite straight forward to practice, especially when praying with other believers.
How would the Lord enable us to be witnesses for the gospel in our own Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth?
Let’s start by praying with fellow believers so we may see where and how the Lord guides us. The book of Acts is continued by ordinary people like you and me, following the guidance and the strength of the Holy Spirit. Let’s encourage each other together.