Gate Community Summer - Day 18
One of the understandings we need to have in order to be devoted to prayer as the early church was… is to understand just as they did, that we serve a Big God!
Our Big God
Listen to how Luke describes their prayer in Acts 3:24b-28
“Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:
“‘Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one.’
27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
Most of this prayer is a reflection on the sovereignty of God. They address God as “Sovereign Lord.” This word sovereign describes in this case a relationship that a master has to his slave. It describes someone who has absolute powers. In their prayer, they describe God’s sovereignty to creation. In other words… the one who has created the world (our big God), is bigger then what he created (us). Therefore, nothing can exist in the created world that could interfere with God’s long-term plan. This has been revealed to us in history as they quote from Psalm 2 about those who are opposed to God, do so in vain. They go on to pray and show that God’s sovereignty is no where better displayed then in Jesus. Those who conspired against God, aimed to destroy by killing Jesus on the cross, and when all looked lost, our big God did the greatest thing in the history of humanity by resurrecting our Savior and providing salvation to all who call on the name of Jesus.
Why is it important to acknowledge that our God is big and sovereign over everything?
Here’s why… We are individuals overwhelmed by ourselves! When we face things in our lives, we become overwhelmed by them because we keep them within our own sphere. We put them in a bubble and say… no one could ever understand what I am going through? In doing this, we allow the issue to consume us. Remember that those things that try to consume us, we actually have authority over and can speak against, stripping them of their power and finding victory through the power of God’s Holy Spirit. One of the partners we need to have with our authority is an understanding of how big God really is. When we acknowledge the vastness of our God, we realize that God has created everything, therefore everything is under his authority, therefore do you not think the God of the universe, the God who created all things, who set the world in motion, who is all powerful, all knowing, completely present everywhere is not bigger then your issues? Do you not think he is able to help you with them?
The early church knew how big God was! That’s why they may have been shaken by their tough experiences, but they were not broken. They weren’t going to give up proclaiming Jesus’ name everywhere!
In fact, they had such a big picture of God and an understanding of the big picture of what God was up to in the world, they didn’t predictably pray that God would take away the persecution. They didn’t pray that God would make things easier. They prayed… (see you tomorrow).