The Power of Proclamation
"… pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison - that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." (Colossians 4:2-6)
Come and Rest in My PresenceFor the 40 Days Prayer & Worship Relay we chose a picture of one candle lighting another. As we look upon the Lord, our hearts are lit up by the glory of His Presence. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world” and he said we are not to light our lamp and put it under a basket. We are to put it on show so it gives light to all in the house. (Matthew 5:14-15)
2 Corinthians 4:5-7 “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”
Receive My Power:Reading: Acts 9 ESV Audio Bible Follow Saul & Peter’s journeys on Map 15 & 16
Extract: Acts 9:1-3 TPT
“During those days, Saul, full of angry threats and rage, wanted to murder the disciples of the Lord Jesus. So he went to ask the high priest and requested a letter of authorization he could take to the Jewish leaders in Damascus, requesting their cooperation in finding and arresting any who were followers of the Way. Saul wanted to capture all of the believers he found, both men and women, and drag them as prisoners back to Jerusalem. So he obtained the authorization and left for Damascus.”
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: Whose authority was Saul operating under at this point?
Extract: Acts 9:3-20,28,31 TPT
“Just outside the city, a brilliant light flashing from heaven suddenly exploded all around him. Falling to the ground, he heard a booming voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ The men accompanying Saul were stunned and speechless, for they heard a heavenly voice but could see no one. Saul replied, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ ‘I am Jesus, the Victorious, the one you are persecuting. Now, get up and go into the city, where you will be told what you are to do’ Saul stood to his feet, and even though his eyes were open he could see nothing—he was blind. So the men had to take him by the hand and lead him into Damascus. For three days he didn’t eat or drink and couldn’t see a thing. Living in Damascus was a believer named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling his name. ‘Ananias.’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ Ananias answered. The Lord said, ‘Go at once to the street called Abundance and look for a man from Tarsus named Saul. You will find him at Judah’s house.’ While he was praying, he saw in a supernatural vision a man named Ananias coming to lay hands upon him to restore his sight. ‘But Lord,’ Ananias replied, ‘many have told me about his terrible persecution of those in Jerusalem who are devoted to you. In fact, the high priest has authorized him to seize and imprison all those in Damascus who call on your name.’ The Lord Yahweh answered him, ‘Arise and go! I have chosen this man to be my special messenger. He will be brought before Kings, before many nations, and before the Jewish people to give them revelation of who I am. And will l show him how much he is destined to suffer because of his passion for me.’” [Note: As you read on through Acts - watch for the prophetic fulfilment of this word.] “He laid hands on him, saying, ‘Saul, my brother, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me to pray for you so that you might see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Within the hour he was in the Jewish meeting houses, preaching about Jesus and proclaiming, ‘Jesus is the Son of God!’”
“Saul’s power increased greatly as he became more and more proficient in proving that Jesus was the anointed Messiah… boldly preaching in the power and authority of Jesus. After this the church all over Judea, Galilee, and Samaria experienced a season of peace. The congregations grew larger and larger, with the believers being empowered and encouraged by the Holy Spirit. They worshipped God in wonder and awe, and walked in the fear of the Lord.”
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: Would you call that a powerful encounter with the Presence of Jesus? Whose authority was Saul under now?
O: Whose authority are you under? (John 7:18)
S: Pause in God’s presence to receive His assurance that you have “the power and authority of Jesus” to share “proficiently” and “boldly” that He is the Son of God.
Be My Spirit-led WitnessesYour Prayer List. We are called to help raise a new generation of prayer warriors and evangelists. Ask the Holy Spirit to identify young people you know who God is calling to arise. Add their names to your Prayer List. Pray for the next generation. Seek God’s perspective of them and pray for them, encourage, equip and support them. Write measureable outcomes that you can pray for each one.
Hear this encouraging prophetic word by David Wagner in Melbourne 26 Feb 2017 about the impact of prayer in Australia.
Share your Faith by simply forwarding this www.yesheis.com daily video to others: Do You Know Him?
Be My House of PrayerLord, empower and encourage us by the Holy Spirit to worship You in wonder and awe, and proclaim the Gospel boldly. We pray for all who preach Your Word - our preachers, evangelists, teacher and leaders in the church. And we pray that the Gospel will fall on receptive hearts.
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 of 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.