Dear Cornerstone Family,
The early church was made up of men and women with courageous faith who risked their lives to share Jesus with the world around them. Although their circumstances were perilously grave, they placed all of their trust in God who created everything and has determined everything according to His plan beforehand according to His will (Acts 4:28).
When they prayed, they didn’t ignore or dismiss the threats around them. They prayed for the strength to speak God’s word boldly to everyone around them – even to those who were trying to imprison them. They clearly understood the danger they were in, and yet they prayed with an attitude of openness to what God wanted to accomplish for His glory.
They prayed for miracles to promote God’s kingdom instead of their own. Acts 4:29-30 (NLT) reads, “And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” These believers experienced God’s power in amazing ways because they prayed with an attitude of open hands.
Acts 4:31-33 (NLT) reads, “After this prayer, the meeting place SHOOK, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness. All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all.”
When the believers gathered together for prayer, they became filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered to preach about Jesus boldly. God united them into one purpose as they took care of the needs of others and testified about the resurrection of Jesus.
Will you pray with open hands of surrender to promote His kingdom instead of your own?
Following THE Leader with you,
Pastor Ed Turley
Cornerstone Church of Poway
Celebration for Pastor David & Tiffany:
David and Tiffany Saenz feel called by God to plant a church in the greater San Diego area next year. We will be having a going away party for them between services this Sunday, September 24, 2017. Their absence will greatly be felt, but we are excited for them as they follow God’s calling. Please make plans to come and celebrate with them as we pray for God’s blessing on their new adventure with Him.