Preparation for Prayer:
Lord, grant me the wisdom to understand your generosity through the scripture provided. Open up my soul to come to know where you are at work within me and our church so that our heart begins to mirror yours. Thank you for leading, convicting, inspiring and transforming mer as I yearn to follow your ways in all I do. Amen.
Scripture Reading: (Acts 4:32-37)
32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
“There were no needy persons among them.” It is with this mind and heart perspective that would explain the success of the early church. In a heartless world, the generosity and service of the first Christian generation would have been stunning in contrast to the world. Everyone would sit up and take notice. Liquidate positions. See your field Joseph and becomes Barnabas. Look up Barnabas in your bible and watch this man because this is what God wants of the rest of us.
Ø Have you ever given to a cause and been asked why? How do you balance the worldly and spiritual life? Do you feel you are giving more than your fair share in comparison with what Christ did on the cross for you? How much more would you give to the Lord if you had no other needs?
After reflecting, bring your petitions to the Lord for the ministries of the church – children, student, adult, mission, worship, outreach, congregational care, the leadership, etc. Please ask our God to shower His favor and generous blessings on us so that we can generously share all we have with all those Christians who have less.