Prayer Burdens & Weekly Pursuit – Week 4 of May

Prayer Burdens:

 

Turkey

1. Pray for the new gospel contacts, especially the students in Istanbul Technical University and Boğaziçi University to have a deeper hunger to know God and the truth.

2. Pray for the saints in Izmir to be strengthened in their living and work and be blended together and for more solid families to be gained for the testimony in Izmir.

 

India

1. Pray for the College Students’ Training at New Delhi from 5/20-22 and at Hyderabad from 5/26-28 and may the Lord speak to many young ones and many will receive the Lord’s calling to join the Full-Time Training.

2. Pray for the further shepherding of the newly baptized ones in the church life after the two-seek propagation of FTT at Chennai, Mumbai, Guwahati and New Delhi.

 

Sri Lanka

1. Pray for the Intensified Propagation in Kotte, Colombo District with 6 full-timers from Taiwan from 5/4-6/25 and may the Lord release 15 families and raise up the testimony on 6/25.

 

Weekly Pursuit:

 

Verses:

Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

 

Excerpts:

The book of Acts is a record of a group of people who are resurrected and ascended with Christ, having Christ within them as their life and Christ upon them as their power and authority. They live not by themselves but by Christ as life. They forget about their own life and deny themselves. Moreover, they walk, act, and work not by their own strength, their own way, or their own method but by Christ as their power, their way, and their method. This Christ who is now their method, way, and power is the very Holy Spirit who came down upon them. In other words, they live by the Triune God within them as their life, and they act by the Triune God upon them as their strength, their way, and their method.

 

[Moreover, this] group of people always acted as the Body. From the very first chapter neither Peter, John, nor those one hundred twenty acted individually. Rather, all the actions of this group of people were the actions of the one Body. The one hundred twenty prayed together with one accord, and they received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, preached the gospel, bore the testimony of Jesus. From chapter one to chapter twenty-eight, the actions of this group of people were the actions of one Body.

 

Lastly, this book shows us a divine stream. The work in the flow is the work of the Lord’s present testimony. (A General Sketch of the New Testament in the Light of Christ and the Church, A – Part, Chap. 8)