Aug. 08, 2020
“Prayer” is the next characteristic of the post Pentecost Church. The Greek of Acts 2:42 includes the definite article (the word “the”) so “the prayers” is a more literal translation. This is a reference to the set prayer times at the Temple (morning, afternoon and evening), but is likely also a reference to prayer as a defining element of a deepening connection to the living Lord. It’s more about prayer – conversation with God – as a life rhythm rather than a sporadic “I have a need” kind of thing. David may be reflecting on his struggles with any number of things when writing Psalm 5, but regardless of the context the psalm reveals the rhythm of prayer that was foundational for him. It was expectant praying – waiting for God to act, not wondering if he will. The rhythms of prayer kept bringing back into focus for David what he knew to be true about God and how God acts in the world. The rhythms functioned like cleaning one’s glasses at set times throughout the day so that one’s ability to see was as clear as possible. Prayer rhythms are concrete practices for digging deeper and deeper in our connection with Jesus.
MONDAY (08/10): Acts 3:1-10
TUESDAY (08/11): Psalm 88:1-14
WEDNESDAY (08/12): Ephesians 6:10-20
THURSDAY (08/13): Colossians 4:2-6,10-12
To prepare for our next times in worship, please read the following texts, and pay attention to what they say about generosity and service.
FRIDAY (08/14): Acts 2:42-47
SATURDAY (08/15): Mark 10:35-45
SUNDAY(08/16): Acts 4:32-37