Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2
 

Scattered Prayers

Scattered Prayers

 

“Prayer obtains fresh and continued outpourings of the Spirit. He alone begins the work of grace in a man’s heart. He alone can carry it forward and make it prosper. But the good Spirit loves to be entreated. And those who ask most will have most of his influence .”  – J. C. Ryle

Following persecution in Jerusalem of the early church, Acts 8:4 records, “Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” Chapter 8 is full of the effects of the church, Philip, Peter, and John preaching the gospel and praying for people as they were on the move. They had been huddled together and growing in Jerusalem. Suddenly persecution squeezed them like a sponge that had been soaking up the Word, the prayers, the fellowship and excitement of all the new believers, as well as, the manifestations and power of the Holy Spirit. They were spread in all directions, and as they went, they “…preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ….” (vs. 12). The preaching was empowered by the Holy Spirit and through their prayers.

In this COVID19 season, the church has been huddled in families and small groups. As the church and community is regathering and reopening we are once again being scattered to jobs, schools, travel and all of our normal activities. I would encourage that as we scatter, we follow the example of the church in Acts 8, and not only scatter geographically, but with prayers and the preaching of the Kingdom of God.

Perhaps you have met more neighbors than ever during this time, and have been praying for them. A great tool to help us continue in prayer for our neighbors as we get busy again is called blesseveryhome.com. On this free website, you can locate your neighbors by address, learn their names, and much more as you prayer walk physically and virtually. There is also a link for blesseveryhome.com toward the end of the webpage idlewild.org/prayer.

Some of the results of the prayers and preaching of Philip, Peter and John in Samaria were that people listened, believed and were baptized, they were set free from sickness and oppression, they received the Holy Spirit, and “…there was great joy in the city.” (vs. 8b)

J. C. Ryle said, “Prayer obtains fresh and continued outpourings of the Spirit. He alone begins the work of grace in a man’s heart. He alone can carry it forward and make it prosper. But the good Spirit loves to be entreated. And those who ask most will have most of his influence.”

God will greatly influence people’s lives for salvation as we scatter, share the gospel and pray. We have every hope according to Acts 8 that there will be great joy in cities everywhere and even in your neighborhood!

Thank you for your faithful prayers!

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care