GOSPEL MEDITATIONS FOR
THE CONTEMPLATION OF GOD:
Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.
So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.
GOSPEL MEDITATION 6:
Acts 2:42 & 4:23-30
"Prayer Life in the Early Church"
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers....When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, "Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, "' Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? 26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed' - 27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus."
1. Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.
2. Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.
3. Say the Lord's Prayer.
4. Sing or chant the Jesus Prayer
5. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
6. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
7. Reread it.
8. From memory, determine the central points.
9. Context: The Pentecostal church, new and alive, focused on the priorities, one of which was prayer. They were devoted to it. It was a continuation, an extension of the time the apostles had spent with Jesus personally. In Acts 4 is an example of the early church's prayer life; study the way it prayed.
10. They saw their God as "sovereign," the maker of all things, and understood the broad sweep of God's plan of salvation through the ages.
11. The primary request of this band of believers was boldness to continue to present the Gospel with boldness while they expected God to do miracles.
12. Prayer was a normal part of the life of that early church and the same is also true today.
13. Not all prayer is answered the way we would like.
14. Likely, we are not aware of God's answers.
15. Prayer is a difficult lesson to learn, never mastered then, but we continue to do what Jesus has called us to do.
16. The Man of prayer teaches prayer.
17. Hear the Teacher call you to prayer.Last Update: 2016-09-01 12:11