Prayer and Love

Acts 5

27And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” 29But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. 30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. 31Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

These sentences are so full a meaning for me.  Verse 31 reminds me that it is Christ who gives repentance as well as forgiveness of sins.  His work, and the conviction of the Holy Spirit, is essential for the soul to understand what God’s Word says and promises.  Suddenly prayer for those I love becomes more important—the place where I do my best work for them.  And why shouldn’t it be so, when God is all-powerful, everywhere, and all-knowing?  If I neglect praying for those I love, I love them poorly.