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Monday, August 31, 2015

Peter: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Acts 2:14

“But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.’”

Peter loved Jesus with his whole heart.

Peter walked with Him faithfully from the first day they met—even when questions bewildered him and caused him to stumble.

Peter truly believed he would die for Jesus.

But Peter betrayed Him. He lied, he ran away, he hid.

Now here, on this day, he not only stands with the eleven, but speaks out in a loud voice drawing attention. Ready to be put on display. Ready regardless of consequences.

Now stepping into the name Jesus first gave him. Even though maybe still very afraid.

But not letting anything of his own nature or opinion or misunderstandings stand in the way of speaking out. Of sharing with truth a crowd of strangers.

Now willing to be guided by the Holy Spirit. To be faithful to Jesus’ trust.

Now filled with a whole new perspective.

Lord, give us Your courage to exchange our words of dust for Your words of life. Keep us from worrying about ourselves and instead become signposts of Your grace and mercy. Whenever—wherever—to whom ever—You ask us to share.

Psalm of Worship: Genesis 1:14

“And God said, ‘let there be light in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.’”

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