Prayer and Vindication

One of Luke’s main intentions is vindication: to show that the events of the gospel, the “things which have been fulfilled among us” (Luke 1:1), were truly from God. Prayer has an integral role in this narrative. It is not directed to any god but the God of Israel, the Savior (Luke 1:47, 68) and Father. Prayer to Him is genuine divine encounter, and relationship, not merely ritual. Through the prayers of Jesus and His disciples the redemptive plan is fulfilled, and this glorifies God. But it also says something about Jesus and His disciples. It demonstrates that Jesus was empowered and led by God Himself—and His disciples will be also. It is this Jesus and these disciples whose prayers have been and will be powerfully answered by God, and thus the mission of the church is vindicated, and shown to be divinely ordained (Luke 18:7).

–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 7, The Gospel of Prayer by John W. Taylor).

Redeeming Lord, You are the God of Israel and my Savior!  How that continually awes me!  You have ordained Your church for a lofty purpose if we will be obedient to sit at Your feet and to listen to the beat of Your heart.  Keep us strong and fill us with the perseverance that will keep us strong to the end! 

Prayer Points

Praise God as your rock, your fortress, your deliverer, the one in whom you take refuge. Thank God that he hears and answers prayer and showers you with unfailing kindness. Confess any unfaithfulness, impurity, or deceit. Commit yourself to courageously challenging the Lord’s enemies as you are armed by his strength. Ask him to reach down and take hold of you, to arm you with strength, and to rescue you from evil powers.

Pray that God will lay a burden on your heart for one or more unsaved persons he wants you to reach out to. He does not want anyone to perish (2 Pet. 3:9).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend

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