Fifty Days of Prayer | Day 10

Fifty Days of Prayer | Day 10

Praying for Church Planting through the Book of Acts

Stephen was one of the first Deacons of the church and its first martyr. But his death wasn't in vain as it would be the catalyst for expansion. In our verses for today we see that "those who were scattered went about preaching the word" (8:4). By scattering the church more people would hear the gospel, most churches planted, more cities changed. Those of us in the residency have already been scattered, the gospel is already being preached. Philip, we're told, was sent to a specific place. This will be a recurring theme in our fifty days. So, we pray for a place to be sent.

In Samaria, Philip preached the gospel. Those who heard him "with one accord paid attention to what was being said" (8:6). Anyone can build a crowd. But these people were gathering around the declaration and demonstration of the kingdom of God through Jesus Christ. So, we pray for a people who gather around Christ and his gospel.

They also gathered because of "the signs that he did" (8:6). He exorcised demons and healed those who were sick or injured. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12 "that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." We don't always acknowledge the reality of spiritual warfare, but it is real. Houston is a great city, but there are many terribly dark corners. We pray against the Devil, his demons, their works and effects. We pray that God would defeat the rules, authorities, cosmic powers, and spiritual forces of evil through the Gospel and the Spirit in every neighborhood and home to which he sends us. 

Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was much joy in that city.
— Acts 8:4-8