Morning Prayer: Saturday, 24 June – Acts 7:54-8:3 ~ Lord, forgive them

Morning Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Gracious God, as I turn to your Word for me, may the Spirit of God rest upon me. Help me to be steadfast in my hearing, in my speaking, in my believing, and in my living. Amen.

Reading: Acts 7:54-8:3 (NLT)

The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”

Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul.

As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.

Saul was one of the witnesses, and he agreed completely with the killing of Stephen.

A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria. (Some devout men came and buried Stephen with great mourning.) But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison.

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Reflection and Prayer:

Merciful God: Fill me with your Spirit and keep before me a vision of your heavenly glory, especially when faced with persecution or oppression, that I may trust you until my life’s end and forgive those who have sinned against me even as you have forgiven me. Through Jesus Christ my Savior, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Losing” – Tenth Avenue North


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Concluding Prayer – Psalm 118:19-21 (NLT)

Open for me the gates where the righteous enter, and I will go in and thank the Lord. These gates lead to the presence of the Lord, and the godly enter there. I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory!
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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