The Power of Persecution
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
Come and Rest in My Presence“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10)
In His Presence, feel the embrace of the tender Comforter who never leaves or forsakes us.
Pray for those under persecution. “Do not pray for relief from pain, but pray for strength to suffer with courage, humility and love.” (Brother Lawrence, c.1614–1691) John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
“Just allow My love to wash away all your fears, hurts and anxieties. Your future is in My hands. Come to Me, and I will teach you how to let the light of My love shine through you. Do not fear, for My love is stronger than the powers of darkness.” (Bell, p17-18)
Receive My Power Reading: Acts 8 ESV Audio Bible Follow Phillip’s journey on Map 16
Extract: Acts 8:1,4 TPT
“Now, Saul agreed to be an accomplice to Stephen’s stoning and participated in his execution. From that day on, a great persecution of the church in Jerusalem began. All the believers scattered into the countryside of Judea and among the Samaritans, except the apostles who remained behind in Jerusalem. Although the believers were scattered by persecution, they preached the wonderful news of the word of God wherever they went….”
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What were the consequences of persecution? What is God saying to you through this passage?
O: Have you weighed the cost of following Jesus? (Matthew 6:24, Romans 5:2-4, 8:16-18, 1 Peter 3:14-16)
S: What ‘wonderful news of the word of God’ would you most like to share?
Pray: Jesus, how can I fear persecution, even the negative opinion of others, if You are present to comfort and shield me? I trust in the grace and power of Your inner dwelling Presence, Lord. (1 Corinthians 3:16) You enable us to withstand anything that can come against us! Release to us all the power to withstand the internal and external pressures that have silenced our willingness to share the wonderful news of the Word of God wherever we go.
Extract: Acts 8:12,14-17 TPT
“As Phillip preached the wonderful news of the kingdom realm of God, and the name of Jesus the Anointed One, many believed his message and were baptised, both men and women. When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the Samaritans had accepted God’s message of life, they sent Peter and John to pray over them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. For they had only been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus and were yet to have the Holy Spirit fall upon them. As soon as Peter and John arrived, they laid their hands on the Samaritan believers, one after another, and the Holy Spirit fell and filled each one of them!”
Be My Spirit-led Witnesses The Way of Life Relay enables you to use a pdf on your phone to clearly present the gospel Jesus using a sequence of pictures, questions and Bible texts. Enter this tool onto your phone using Acrobat Adobe and practise using it- so it is a ready tool when opportunity arises.
Share the Good News. Today’s YesHEis Video Clip: Pain and Suffering. You will need to download YesHEis.com to your mobile device and search to find this video.
Be My House of PrayerLord, I can see that obedience to Your commission was a life and death choice for these believers. Jesus, forgive me for my complacency. I pray for those who are suffering persecution and declare over them Your promise that You are always with us.
Father, release through me “the wonderful news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus, the Anointed One.” (Acts 8:12)
May Your Presence fall now as then – so that many will accept Your message of life.
Holy Spirit, come upon us and lead us in how we pray:
Pray for your prayer list and family and friends to receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Pray for Australia to receive Jesus as Lord and for His Church to be His House of Prayer.
Pray for a new generation of young prayer warriors and evangelists to arise in Jesus’ revival and transformation in our nation.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8)
Austin Cove Community Church are intentional in our prayer lives. We know there are so many different ways to communicate to God in prayer and we like to get creative.