Scripture: Acts 1-3. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
As we begin reading the Book of Acts, Chapters 1-3, we learn about Peter preaching boldly to others and performing many miracles after the death and resurrection of Jesus. As we have already learned, Jesus was taken back into Heaven. We then learn about Matthias chosen to replace Judas (the man who betrayed Jesus), the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost, Peter addressing the crowd, the fellowship of the believers, Peter healing a crippled beggar, and Peter speaking to those watching. Follow along as we read Acts 1-3!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The disciples were with Jesus and saw all that had happened to him. People still doubt Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus appeared to his disciples on many occasions following his resurrection, proving that he was truly alive. Jesus will one day return to judge all people and remove the wickedness from the world. We, as believers, are to do God’s work, spreading His message and kingdom across the world. It is important that we put our complete faith and trust in our Heavenly Father. God does not always answer our prayers immediately. We must be patient, waiting on His perfect timing, for only He knows what is best for each and every one of us. Jesus would go to his Father in prayer whenever he faced a difficult situation; Jesus also taught his disciples to do the same. Whenever we face a difficult circumstance in life, we, too, must first pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. God works all kinds of miracles to spread His message, and He also speaks to us in different ways. God speaks to us no matter what our race, nationality, or language. We are all sinners. No matter what sins we have committed, God has promised to forgive us and continue to make us useful for His kingdom. We must always obey God, doing what He calls us to do, and remembering to thank Him often for His care and protection. Peter had the courage to speak up for Christ. We can pray to have courage just like Peter.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Acts, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.