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They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. Acts 4:2


Many people are ‘disturbed’ by the gospel, they don’t like what it says because it runs counter to the way so many live their lives. It also means that they are answerable for their words, thought and deeds, and that can be scary.  But those who have faith and believe in Jesus as Lord and Saviour have no such fear, for they have been made right before God through Jesus. Let us pray for those who need to know him for their salvation. 


But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand. Acts 4:4


I think this is amazing hearing the gospel has the power to transform lives. But as Paul writes ‘how can they hear if they are not told’. So who is going to tell them. Of course, we could leave it to Pastors and Evangelists, but will that guarantee our family, our friends or our neighbours will hear this amazing good news? Ours are the lips of Jesus and it is up to us so, let us pray that we would have the courage and boldness to speak out for God.


If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, Acts 4:9


The church is involved in so many acts of kindness in our communities, many of which are depended upon by communities to provide the services that make life what it is and yet so often these same churches are accused of subversive behaviour, because they preach a message that the people find uncomfortable. Let us pray that the eyes of those in authority would be opened to the truth of Gods love.


Jesus is ‘“the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.” Acts 4:11


All that we believe is centred on Jesus who, as Peter declares, is our cornerstone. It is from the cornerstone that the whole building is set out, it ensures the dimensions and direction of the building. So too, Christ sets our direction and is the point from which we set the way we live our lives. Let us pray that everything we do will be measured against Christ, that we might live as God desires.


Then Peter said, ‘Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the landActs 5:3


As Peter had said the land Ananias sold and the money he had was his. His sin was to pretend that it was all he had. Such deceit cost him dearly. We are called to be people of integrity, which means being honest and sincere. Two things Ananias clearly struggled with, God knows our hearts, we cannot hide anything from him. Let us pray that we would not succumb to the ways of the world but stay true to God’s ways.


But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! Acts 4:19


So, following on from yesterday, Peter and John ask ‘what is right?’ And we might ask the same question. And the answer is what they go on to say, to listen to God. Others may wish, or even demand, that we travel a different way but only when we follow his teaching and live his way will we be on the right path. 

Let us pray that we would be steadfast and true to our faith in God and follow his ways always