Morning Prayer: Friday, 30 June – Acts 9:32-43 ~ Good News for Lydda & Joppa

Morning Prayer

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

Opening Prayer

Draw me close, Holy Spirit, as I read the Scriptures and reflect on your Word. Let the word of faith be on my lips and in my heart, and let all other words slip away. May there be one voice I hear today — the voice of truth and grace. Amen.
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Reading: Acts 9:32-43 (NLT)

Meanwhile, Peter traveled from place to place, and he came down to visit the believers in the town of Lydda. There he met a man named Aeneas, who had been paralyzed and bedridden for eight years. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you! Get up, and roll up your sleeping mat!” And he was healed instantly. Then the whole population of Lydda and Sharon saw Aeneas walking around, and they turned to the Lord.

There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas. She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor. About this time she became ill and died. Her body was washed for burial and laid in an upstairs room. But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!”

So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas had made for them. But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, “Get up, Tabitha.” And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up! He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called in the widows and all the believers, and he presented her to them alive.

The news spread through the whole town, and many believed in the Lord. And Peter stayed a long time in Joppa, living with Simon, a tanner of hides.
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Reflection and Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ:

You bring Good News to the poor; you release the captives and set free the oppressed; you bring sight to the blind; you announce the coming of the kingdom of God.

+ May your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

You call us to repentance – a turning, or returning, to God – and faith in the Good News of your kingdom’s presence here among us now.

+ May your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

You sent out the twelve apostles to bring the Good News of the kingdom; to heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons.

+ May your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

You sent out the seventy-two other disciples with kingdom authority to heal the sick, set free the demonized in your name.

+ May your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

You give every believer the same kingdom authority, through the power of your Spirit at work within us, to bring the Good News of the kingdom into our homes, into our families, into our communities and into our workplaces.

+ May your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for this amazing privilege and opportunity to bring the Good News of the kingdom to those around us, and to play our part in your work. Fill us afresh with your Spirit today that what we say and do honor may you to the glory of our Father in heaven. Amen.
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“Here As In Heaven” – Elevation Worship


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Concluding Prayer – Psalm 145:1, 4-7, 13, 21 (NLT)

I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever.
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Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness. Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.
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For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does.
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I will praise the Lord, and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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