May 12: The Apostle’s Prayer: Submitting to God’s Will

[27] For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
[28] For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

Acts 4:27-28

We’ve looked at the Apostle’s Prayer – calling us to Praise, Quoting Scripture, and Claiming Prophecy. Now – it’s submitting to God’s Will.

We looked at this last week – yielding to God. Like praying for God’s Kingdom, we can pray for God’s will as Jesus told us to:

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10

If Herod, Pilate, Gentiles and Jews all did God’s predetermined will even though the Apostles didn’t understand at the time – how much more should we trust our Father’s Will?

Take some time to pray today and submit to His will.

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

Luke 22:42

May 11: The Apostle’s Prayer: Claiming Prophecy!

We’re looking at the Apostle’s Prayer in Acts 4:24-30 for the last few days. We’ve realized we need to Praise, and Quote Scripture. Today – we can claim Prophecy!

[26] The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
[27] For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

Acts 4:26-27

The Apostles quoted Psalm 2:1 (we saw yesterday), and Psalm 2:2 – but they translated the word anointed (Hebrew), as Christ (Greek, “anointed”), and identified it as the Lord’s holy child, Jesus.

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

Psalm 2:2

Our friend Jimmy DeYoung notes the prophetic implications of this passage:

What a powerful passage of scripture the Psalmist gives to us, actually a very prophetic passage of Scripture. In essence we are reading for today the order of the establishment of the Kingdom to be set up in Jerusalem. This will be an eternal Kingdom to be ruled over by the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.

http://devotional.prophecytoday.com/2013/08/psalm-26.html

The Apostles did not avoid difficult passages of Scripture, they were familiar with the prophecies and studied prophecy! They realized this chapter was the declaration of the coming Kingdom of Jesus – though they were arrested and persecuted – their King was coming back to institute a Kingdom that would never end!

13I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel 7:13-14

This was how Jesus taught us to pray!

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10

As we read thru the Bible, we can claim the prophecies of the Bible! Let’s praise our King!

May 10: The Apostle’s Prayer – Praying Scripture!

We looked yesterday at the first part of the Apostle’s Prayer – praising our Creator! Today we look at the next line in the Apostle’s Prayer – praying Scripture!

Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

Acts 4:25

Notice that the apostle’s were quoting Scripture! They quoted in their prayer a couple verses (we’ll look at the second tomorrow) from David.

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

Psalm 2:2

They recognized that they were in a similar position – those who did not recognize the LORD were raging against the LORD.

We can pray the Psalms to God as well!

Having trouble sleeping?

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

Psalm 3:5

Persecuted?

O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

Psalm 7:1

In trouble?

The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

Psalm 20:1

May 9: The Apostle’s Prayer: Praise

We’re going to take a break from the clockwheel of prayer to look at the Apostle’s Prayer.

While at a church out of state, I heard the pastor preach on Acts 4 – but not about prayer. However, there is a prayer in Acts 4 that stuck out to me!

And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

Acts 4:24
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This was no ordinary prayer. Jesus was crucified and the disciples fled. But He rose again – and just weeks later Peter preached and 3,000 were saved! Peter healed a lame man at the gate of the temple! He started preaching and was arrested with John – yet 5,000 more were saved. Caiaphas who led the execution of Jesus decides to warn Peter and John and releases them. Peter and John went to the rest of the believers who were probably having an all night prayer meeting. After telling their account of being the first people arrested since the crucifixion, what do they do?

They pray!

We’re going to call this prayer the “Apostle’s Prayer” because we know at least two of the apostles prayed this – and likely all of them together prayed this prayer. We’ll also note the similarities between this and the Lord’s Prayer, and how we can pray like this!

And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

Acts 4:24

Notice how they started – Praising the Lord! Similar to how the LORD taught us how to pray!

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Matthew 6:9

Notice the apostle’s also praised God for His Creative Power! For Creating the heavens:

National Park Service

For creating the earth:

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And the oceans and all that is therein:

Underwater Marine Life Animals Dolphins Aquatic

Let’s praise our Creator!

May 8: Yielding to His Authority

We’ve looked at how to Praise the Lord in prayer time, and for the last few days we’ve looked at waiting on Him:

I don’t like the idea of being under anyone’s authority. Abraham Lincoln is my hero – he was a self-made man, born in a log cabin he built with his own two hands!

We operate under God’s delegated authority!

For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

Mark 13:34

Not only that – but we’re to submit to humans that God placed in authority!

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

Romans 13:2

God commands us to submit ourselves to other humans!

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Ephesians 5:21


Its not as easy for others to see us submitting to the Lord. It’s a lot easier for others to see submission when we submit to other humans (whether it’s Nero, the President, your boss, or a supervisor you struggle to respect). God wants to use you as a picture of submission.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7

Interesting – submitting to God is tied to victory over the devil….

Let’s submit to God, and to those God told us to submit to, and yield our self-rule during our prayer time!

May 7: Waiting on God’s Peace

We’re on day 4 of meditating on how to wait for God. We’ve looked at:

116 times in the New Testament we see the word peace.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid

John 14:27

You have a choice as to whether your heart will be troubled or not!

But, but, there’s so many things wrong in the world! There’s so many people who don’t like me. There’s so much I have to do.

Yes, but there’s still a choice we have:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25CW4yhB3tI

In your prayer time today, Yield to His peace today!

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world

John 16:33

May 6: Waiting on God’s Will

As we’re focusing on how to wait on God in our prayer time, let’s look at what it means to wait on God’s Will.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2

The perfect will of God is worth waiting for! God is transforming us – our choice is whether we want the world’s will or God’s will!

Take some time today to yield God your will, and let His will be done!

My stubborn will at last hath yielded
I would be Thine and Thine alone
And this the prayer my lips are bringing
Lord, let in me Thy will be done

Sweet will of God, still fold me closer
Til I am wholly lost in Thee

I’m tired of sin, footsore and weary
The darksome path hath dreary grown
But now a light has ris’n to cheer me
I find in Thee my Star, my Sun

Thy precious will, O conqu’ring Savior
Doth now embrace and compass me
The storms have ceased, my peace a river
My soul a prisoned bird set free

Shut in with Thee, O Lord, forever,
My wayward feet no more to roam;
What pow’r from Thee my soul can sever?
The center of God’s will my home.

Sweet will of God, still fold me closer
Til I am wholly lost in Thee

Sweet will of God, still fold me closer
Til I am wholly lost in Thee

Lelia Morris

May 5: Waiting on God’s Timing

We’re on day 2 of waiting on God. Sometimes it’s difficult to wait. But God promises blessings to those who wait:

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

Psalm 37:9

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

Psalm 123:2

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint

Isaiah 40:31

What exactly does it mean to wait upon the Lord?

Waiting on the Lord necessitates two key elements: a complete dependence on God and a willingness to allow Him to decide the terms, including the timing of His plan. Trusting God with the timing of events is one of the hardest things to do. 

https://www.gotquestions.org/wait-on-the-Lord.html

If you need a musical reminder, here’s another song from Patch the Pirate:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqT7EdgCzjo

Spend a couple minutes today waiting on the Lord.

May 4: Waiting on the Lord

For the last few days we’ve looked at Praising the Lord. The next portion of the “prayer clock” involves waiting on the Lord. Today try to spend a minute waiting on God:

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth

Psalm 46:10

What is the difference between praise and waiting?

Waiting is not praise, though it is closely related to praise and flows directly from it. Praise is verbalizing our esteem of God. Waiting is a time of silent love. Praise cries boldly, “God, I see these excellent qualities in your nature.” Waiting says softly, “God, I love you.”

Dick Eastman, The Hour that Changes the World

Sometimes I remember more thru song – and our friend Patch the Pirate has put this phrase to music:

By the way, if you are looking for a journal to record your daily hour with God and that has helpful prayer helps, check out the Christ-Walk Journal.

May 3: Praising our King!

Over the last few days, we’ve been looking at building our prayer time by praising God, and “stretching” our prayer time just a minute a day. Today, try for five minutes of praise in your prayer time!

While preparing for The Trial of Jesus , I came across this prophecy of Daniel:

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel 7:13-14

Jesus claimed that prophecy of Daniel at His Jewish Trial!

But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
[62] And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Mark 14:61-62

Yes – He shall reign forever!

[15] And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 11:15

He is the King of Kings!

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
[11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:10-11

Here’s a song for you to meditate on our Lord!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YZvvOkFZ3w