For the next seven days we’ll look at some prayer thoughts from John Fallahee. John has appeared on Crosstalk and WVCY-TV30 with Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel. He’s the author of a new book, Reflect the Glory of God in Prayer, and has graciously allowed us to share some excerpts from his new book:
When we live as lights, faithful and obedient to the truth of the Scriptures, following Jesus Christ’s word and example, we should not be surprised when the world rejects us. But if we do not properly prepare ourselves in prayer for suffering and persecution, we may undermine the very Gospel we are proclaiming….
Let us take a different approach in this chapter. I would like for you to simply read the selected Biblical accounts of various individuals who experienced persecution or suffering….
While you are reflecting on the actions and attitudes of these faithful souls, ask the Lord for courage and conviction to live wholly to Christ and His Word regardless of the cost to you in this life.
When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.Acts 7:54-60
Read the rest of this chapter in Reflect the Glory of God in Prayer.