Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | April 13, 2013

April 13, 2013

“So they commissioned them. In that circle of intensity and obedience, of fasting and praying, they laid hands on their heads and sent them off.” (Acts 13:3-The Message Bible)

Good Morning fellow “Commissioners!

I really appreciate the translation of this passage in the Message Bible where the body of believers is described as “a circle of intensity and obedience” as they are united in prayer for Barnabas and Saul, commissioning them to go out into the world and proclaim the Gospel. The result of intensity and obedience in our prayer life is the unleashing of dynamic spiritual power.  In fact, the word which defines spiritual power in the Greek language is the word “dunamis”-the same word we transliterate in English to “dynamite”.  It is explosive power. Luke tells us that this “circle of intensity and obedience”, after fasting and praying, “laid hands on their heads and sent them out.”  The power of the Holy Spirit was on this circle and was transferred to Barnabas and Saul through their prayers and through the laying on of hands.  God honors obedience by empowering us through his Holy Spirit so our prayers become explosive in their power and influence.  Just consider what it did for Barnabas and Saul and how Christianity swept across the known world through their ministry!  Because of prayer, others were also anointed by the Holy Spirit to do God’s work.  The church should be a “circle of intensity and obedience”, empowering others in the church through prayer to spread the Good news of the kingdom through all of Mooresville, the state of North Carolina, our nation, and the world. Like the old Johnny Cash song says, “May the Circle Be Unbroken.” Let us pray with intensity and obedience. Let’s pray with expectation. Let’s pray!

God of power and might: Fill us with dynamic spiritual power as we join with one another in this “circle of intensity and obedience” in our own prayer life. Bring us often into your Holy presence that we might be encouraged, renewed, and empowered to do your work and your will today and every day, for we ask it in the blessed name of our Lord, Savior, God, and King…Jesus Christ. Amen

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