May 20, 2001
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 459; 580(1-4,6,9); 300(1-4); 457; Keep On Asking, He Will Give; 50
Pre-Service Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you for providing the forgiveness of sins through Jesus my Savior. Thank you for the privilege of coming directly to You in prayer. It is a privilege that knows no bounds and yet I so often use it sparingly. Forgive my sin and teach me to use Your gift of prayer more fully. Come, speak to me through Your Word and I will offer the praise of my heart to you in prayer! Bless our worship this morning, I pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 103

The Lord told Abraham that He was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham had concern for his nephew, Lot, who was living there. Abraham prayed for Lot by repeatedly asking the Lord to spare the cities. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, but the Lord gave Abraham that for which he had really prayed, namely, the sparing of Lot’s life.

Second Reading: 

1 Timothy 2:1-6, Acts 4:23-31

God wants us to pray for all people. Included among "all people" are those who are leaders and all who are in authority. When we pray for those who are in authority, we keep in mind God’s desire that all sinners be saved. Thus, our prayer for good leadership is that our life’s circumstances will be ordered in such a way that the Gospel may be freely spread and grow in the hearts of many.

Peter and John had been threatened by the Jewish leaders. There were to never again speak about Jesus. When the gathered Christians heard the apostles’ report, they offered a prayer of joyful thanksgiving to the Lord. Then they asked for boldness so that they might continue to profess Christ’s name. God answered their prayer by giving them boldness through the work of the Holy Spirit.