Acts 6:8-15 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people...
Stephen is doing mighty work for the Lord. This doesn't sit well with a number of the people. So they stir up the crowds against him and lie about Stephen which leads to his arrest and death by stoning at the hands of the crowd. Through it all Stephen doesn't falter, and as he is literally taking his final breaths, he prays for all to hear "Lord receive my spirit....Lord do not hold this sin against them" (Acts 7:59-60).
I spent a few minutes just considering Stephen's prayer. Here are a couple of things that stood out to me: That prayer is powerful and a right response to every situation; and that Stephen didn't ask to be spared death but rather to be sustained through it.
What role does prayer play in your life? How has praying sustained you? What about the prayers of others for you? Tami W.
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