Fifty Days of Prayer | Day 5

On Sunday I sent out the first of fifty days of a prayer plan through the book of Acts. It was sent to those who already receive my newsletter as a specific call to prayer. I would like to post those here as a resource for others and a call to anyone else who would like to join in praying for us as we seek to plant a church in Houston. 

On Sunday I sent out the first of fifty days of a prayer plan through the book of Acts. It was sent to those who already receive my newsletter as a specific call to prayer. I would like to post those here as a resource for others and a call to anyone else who would like to join in praying for us as we seek to plant a church in Houston. 

Praying for Church Planting through the Book of Acts

Despite the initial resistance of the Jewish leaders, the church continued to grow. Jesus promised that he would build his church and Hell would not overcome it (Matthew 16:18). But we are also continually reminded that the church was "filled with the Spirit" (2:4; 4:8, 31). This is the reason that "the full number of those who believe were of one heart and soul" (4:32). So, we pray for the Spirit to give us unity.

The Holy Spirit also showed his power through the apostles as they "were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus" (4:33). Theirs was a community formed by the gospel and empowered by the Spirit. In this particular case, God's power was shown in their radical generosity. They sold land and houses in order to meet the needs of others. So, we pray for the Spirit to give us generosity.


Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
— Acts 4:32-37