Prayer Devotional, Mark 9:14-29

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Hello brothers and sisters,

The verses below deal with something all too common for struggling Christians. Something we all experience and do serious battle with. It is that age-old, pestering, irritating, never-seeming-to-surrender……… doubt. Yes, dear Christians, whether we admit it or not, we all struggle at times with a lack of faith. We doubt our Father, who gave to us His Only Begotten Son. We doubt the One who spoke the world into existence and upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3).

Unfortunately, this lack of faith manifests itself often when we pray. During the time we should have some of our most intimate fellowship with God, we doubt Him. Even though we read His Word describing His absolute perfection in all that He is and does, we still doubt Him. We doubt His character, His ability, and His wisdom. This is not acceptable for the Christian. This should grieve us to the core.

Although it is true that all of us struggle with doubt in the Christian life, we are never to be content with it. We need to fight it by asking God for greater faith and trust in Him, and by relying on His Spirit and His Word to confirm truth in our hearts. And as is common advice with many of these devotionals, we need to take our eyes off of us and our feeble abilities, and redirect our minds onto Jesus Christ.

Our circumstances and emotions matter to us too much when we are anxious. They can squash our trust in God if we dwell on them for too long. God doesn’t get anxious. Circumstances don’t phase Him. Remember, He is the One who tells the waves just how far they are allowed to go (Job 38:11). He made the sun stand still for a full day (Joshua 10:13). Oh, and there’s this too…………He conquered death by rising from the grave!!

Now, let’s make sure we are balanced here. We don’t want to go to extremes with over-emphasizing the quality of our faith. Otherwise, we’ll get depressed and feel too ashamed to even pray. In fact, that is the whole point of the prayer in this passage- that we don’t always have it together, and we shouldn’t be surprised at that. We sometimes fear that our prayers will be too weak and lacking too much faith for God to really answer us. And this could lead us to not even pray at all. But this should not be! Whatever the condition of your faith, pray! In fact, if your faith is feeling extra weak, that is all the more reason to pray. So don’t get overly introspective about it. That is not healthy. Recognize it for what it is, and get on your knees.

We have a wonderful example below that proves God answers prayer not according to the largeness of our faith, but because of His great power, mercy, and compassion. It only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move the hand of God. The father of the demon-possessed boy in the following passage is proof of this. His faith was very small.  But he was not content with that, was he? He knew that, although his faith was weak, His God is infinitely loving and powerful! This should make us resolute in our prayer lives. All glory to God!

Mark 9:14-29

14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

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Prayer Devotional, 2 Corinthians 1:1-11

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Dear brothers and sisters,

We will be in 2 Corinthians looking at how God works mightily through our prayers, especially during times of suffering. There is a strong temptation for us to ignore prayer during times of extreme trials and difficulties. We get so stressed out and weary, and then we foolishly decide that we don’t want to expend any energy to pray. We doubt God’s love, care, and provision for us. But this is unwise. In fact, it is outright spiritually dangerous. To neglect prayer at such crucial times would be tragic. It displays a lack of trust in our good and holy Father, who sent His Son to die for us. So…..how do we get out of such a spiritual rut?

We get our eyes off of us and onto Him! We approach the throne. We pray. Even if we don’t feel like it. We still pray. And we ask others to pray with, and for, us. This is where the body of Christ comes in and helps us. In the passage below, we see the importance of corporate prayer in how God delivers Paul from his perilous circumstances. Paul earnestly desired the prayers of the saints in Corinth, because he knew that God works powerfully through prayer.

Paul, like anyone else in his situation, wanted to be rescued. But it wasn’t just for the sake of being rescued. Look at verse 11. It was so that God would receive thanks. When he appeals to the Corinthians for prayer, Paul wasn’t just thinking of his own comfort and well-being. He wants the compassion and power of God to be acknowledged and magnified. He wants God to receive the thanks and praise He is due, both for past and future deliverance. Notice how Paul expects God to act on his behalf at the end of verse 10.

As God answers our own corporate prayers, we ought to be people who express praise and thanksgiving for his many mercies. Like Paul, we need to be grateful for God’s deliverance from difficult circumstances (if He so chooses). But we must also be zealous for our church families to remember God……. first and foremost! Notice how Paul sees purpose both in His suffering and in God’s deliverance. We need to have the same Biblical mindset.

Matthew Henry says this about verse 11: “Past experiences encourage faith and hope, and lay us under obligation to trust in God for time to come. And it is our duty, not only to help one another with prayer, but in praise and thanksgiving, and thereby to make suitable returns for benefits received. Thus both trials and mercies will end in good to ourselves and others.”

                                              2 Corinthians 1:1-11

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

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Prayer Devotional, Luke 22:39-46

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Hello brothers and sisters,

We will be reading through a very powerful and instructive passage, the one describing the agony of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. In it, we have our perfect example of the way we ought to pray at all times and circumstances. Jesus, who was so distressed in the garden that his sweat became like drops of blood (Luke 22:44), was about to face the most painful, and shameful, death imaginable. He was about to be crucified by cruel, merciless Roman Soldiers. Men who were specifically trained to make the condemned suffer the most horrific pain imaginable, as an attempt to squash others from rebellion against the empire. The irony being, of course, that the soldiers crucified an innocent man on this particular day. One who was not in rebellion against the Roman empire. In fact, One who had never rebelled at all, in any way, period. For His entire life!

But it isn’t just the physical torture of crucifixion that Jesus had to deal with, which would be enough to make anyone recoil in terror. And it wasn’t just the physical beatings, the mocking, the spitting, the mock trial, the crown of thorns, and the many false accusations. Don’t get me wrong. These things are all wicked crimes against the Son of Man. But far worst than all of the physical and emotional suffering from the hands of evil men, was the spiritual pain that Christ would endure. Jesus, the Holy One of God, is about to have the sin of the world laid upon Him on the cross. In addition, He knows that He must drink the “cup” of God’s wrath to accomplish this work. This “cup” was what prompted Him to cry out, “My God, My God, Why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46)  Should we even have to ask why He desired for this cup to pass?

But ultimately, the Father would not let this cup pass. He could not. For this was the reason Jesus came to earth, to glorify God in accomplishing redemption for His people on the cross. He came to do the will of the Father. And that desire, to do God’s will, is never shown more clearly than in this prayer. Despite the physical and spiritual agony He knew was coming, Jesus, “for the joy that was set before him endured the cross.” (Hebrews 12:2) Also, Christ reminds us here how important prayer is in fighting temptation. If the 2nd Person of the Trinity (who had no sin nature) prayed in such a desperate way, then how much more should we be agonizing in prayer over our struggles and temptations?

Remember, God answered the prayer of Jesus! Don’t let anyone ever tell you He didn’t. The Father always hears the Son. For Jesus prayed, “Not My will, but Thy will.” That prayer was answered in a big way. Jesus was a different man as He exited the garden.

The first Adam once failed miserably inside of a lush, beautiful garden. He decided that his own will was more important than God’s. But thanks be to God for the second Adam! He was also once tempted inside of a lush, beautiful garden. Severely tempted. But unlike the first Adam, Jesus never once failed to do God’s will! He passed every test with flying colors.

LUKE 22:39-46

39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

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When a Tiny Heart Stops Beating

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When a tiny heart stops beating, one of the darkest of all days,
An unborn baby’s life has ended, in the most violent of all ways.
So tragic that it happens almost daily, in every part of the globe,
Yet no cries for injustice, no investigations, not one single probe.

How despicable our nation has become, people have lost all shame,
Tiny hearts are being stopped! Legally! Ask yourself…who is to blame?
This should make us all recoil in horror, yet the wicked give it praise,
Like New York, who boast so proudly, under God’s all-knowing gaze.

Women are told to “shout” their abortion, then are treated like a hero,
As if babies have no intrinsic value, like their worth is less than zero.
Wake up America! Stop the slaughter! Stop defending that which is evil,
Repent and turn to Jesus, otherwise your day of judgment will be lethal.

But if you refuse to repent for being pro-choice, God’s wrath will be kindled,
You will not escape the eternal fire, for God can never be bribed or swindled.
So I urge you, make your peace with God today! Look to the cross of Jesus Christ, while you still have the chance,
And as for you, dear Christian, the gospel is the answer! Go and proclaim the Word, and watch His Kingdom advance!

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Let’s Rescue the Little Ones!

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Let us hasten to rescue, to save our precious little ones,
To rescue them from death, all the daughters and sons,
Though innocent as doves, they are sacrificed to the gods,
The gods of Planned Parenthood, yet our nation applauds.

How can our people condone this? How can we be so cruel?
Who could approve of such wickedness? Only a moral fool!
Let’s rescue the unborn; they did nothing to deserve this,
How can we be so unfeeling? Indeed, how can we be so remiss?

What has happened to our culture, when it chooses to slaughter,
The most vulnerable and helpless of all, tiny sons and daughters,
God has given this nation over to its sin, but will He have mercy?
America is now under judgement; we are a people so unworthy.

So what can we do? By God’s grace, I say we go and rescue the unborn,
God will hold us accountable for our silence, yes, we have been warned,
He has commanded us to speak up, especially for those who cannot speak,
So be a man and preach against abortion. Now isn’t the time to be weak!

But we can all do something for the unborn, those who cannot help themselves,
Babies murdered by the millions, numbers that could fill entire bookshelves.

We need to step up, for God has equipped us! Let us be fearless; there are countless ways to love our neighbor,

What can you do?

I say, support Crisis Pregnancy Centers, adopt babies, preach the gospel at the mill; just get out there and labor!

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This King’s Precious Love

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The love of this King defies human understanding,
A love that can capture the most rebellious heart,
A precious love that is holy, unstained, and undefiled,
A perfect love to clean us up, and give us a new start.

Love that is beyond measure; how can we resist it?
None can compare, for His love is true and faithful,
A love found only in Jesus; none else can give this love,
It is far greater than the love Jacob had for dear Rachel.

Love not to be trifled with, love that must be treasured,
Jesus gave His body and spilled His blood, all for our sin,
Place your faith in this King; do not reject His infinite love,
A love that died for guilty sinners, who are defiled within.

What could make this King love so freely, and give so much?
Nothing about us, but because of Him. He is love- from eternity past,
His love has no beginning and has no end, it cannot be contained,
Christian, rejoice! This King loves you! Why are you so downcast?

And for those of you who don’t love this King, I urge you to repent,
For this King suffered unspeakably; He was slandered and harassed,
His love brought Him to a Roman cross, where He laid down His life,
Do not reject this King’s love, for you will see Him at the final trumpet blast!

For those of you who worship this King, His love for you will never end,
We will bask in His love forevermore, on the New Heaven and New Earth,
Forever gazing on the glorious face of Jesus, while in wonder of His love,
Praising Him with all the angels and saints, relishing His surpassing worth.

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Shout It From the Rooftops

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Go ahead! Shout this glorious gospel, shout it from the rooftops,
The only message to bring us peace with God, shout it out loud!
This is peace that we do not deserve, but peace that God gives us,
Shout it to all peoples everywhere, one by one, even into a crowd.

Shout the glorious Name of Jesus, whose Word is sharper than a knife,
The One who gave His life for us, dying a bloody death upon the cross,
Let all the people know that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
The One who forgives and sanctifies us; He consumes all of our dross.

Shout the precious Name of our Lord and Redeemer, He who lives forever,
Who has commissioned us to share His gospel, to speak the truth in love,
Shout the message of the cross, boldly and proudly, whenever and wherever,
For this is not a message of human origin, the gospel comes from God above.

Let us preach with joy! Let’s not be shy, let’s not be disobedient, let’s not be selfish,
And let’s not be cowards, God is with us; The gospel has power! Let the Word thunder!
Ask Him to make us fearless ambassadors; Let that be our prayer, our godly wish,
That we, the bride of Christ, would speak with joy and conviction, all of God’s wonders!

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Prayer Devotional, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

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In today’s devotional passage, Paul is giving some final, and very fruitful, instructions to the church at Thessalonica. We see the importance of prayer going right alongside with being joyful and always giving thanks. Prayer is one of the means that God gives us to fuel the fires of joy and thanksgiving. When we are losing our joy and/or contentment, we should always pray. When we find ourselves not giving thanks in all things, we need to pray. When our growth in sanctification seems to be going in the wrong direction, we need to pray. Paul addresses every one of these concerns in this passage.

Joy and thankfulness in the Lord play such a large part in our sanctification. Our contentment and happiness in Christ is directly related to how we live for Him. And without prayer, we can’t expect our joy and contentment to increase. In fact, the opposite is true. Have you ever noticed that, just as your prayer life goes, so goes your thankfulness and joy in Christ. So let us pray, and ask God for the help we desperately need. Not to have everything in our life as we want it, but that He would increase our joy in Him alone. That way, we will be more prepared when God removes something very dear from us. And He will do that as often as He sees fit, in order to sanctify us.

We can have confidence that God will always answer this kind of prayer. Why? Because more than anything else, God desires our sanctification. He desires for us to be more like His Son, Jesus Christ. Verse 24 gives us the motivation. God is faithful! We can be confident that God will answer our prayers because, unlike us, He is always faithful. God is not against us having joy and contentment. In fact, He is our Father and wants the best for us. And the best thing for us is to delight in Him. God is certainly ok with us delighting in things He gives us, but we should never delight in the gifts more than the Giver.

The passage tells us that when we do this, we are doing God’s will. And since we often are prone to drift away from spiritual things, God’s will for us is to continually pray that we grow in our love for Christ. To pray continually means that we ought to always be mindful of our need for Christ and His grace, to be in a posture of complete dependence on Him, and then commune with Him in prayer. And there is a corporate nature to this instruction. Paul is giving this instruction not only to individuals, but to the local church. God’s desire is that we come together consistently to pray with, and for, one another. Now let’s get to it. (-:

God bless you all,  Jamie


1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually,18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
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Prayer Devotional, 1 John 3:16-24

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Dear brothers and sisters,

We will be in 1 John for our prayer devotional today. In this passage, we learn how much the holiness of our lives matters to God when it comes to effective prayer. Yes, how we live can affect whether or not our prayers get answered. Our generosity and the way we love our brothers and sisters is very crucial. When we are obeying God’s commandments, we are more inclined to be seeking His will for our lives when we pray. But if we are indulging in sinful patterns, or living in ungratefulness and discontentment, we shouldn’t be surprised when our prayer lives suffer.

It can become a very frustrating, repetitive cycle. First, we grow slack in our obedience, becoming lazy in our Christian walk. We neglect the Scriptures, toy around with pet sins, avoid opportunities to be with the body of Christ, etc. It then follows that, since we are neglecting the means of growth, we don’t pray for the right things. Hence, those prayers don’t get answered. We then get frustrated that God isn’t answering our prayers, tempted to blame others or even Him for our lack. Not a good place to remain.

When this happens, what we need to do is get back to preaching the gospel to ourselves, being reminded of the complete forgiveness and imputed righteousness we have in Christ. It’s time to open and meditate on the Word of God, rejoicing in His great and precious promises to us (2 Peter 1:4). Also, be with other Christians a lot. They will sharpen, strengthen, and encourage you. Don’t fly solo! If you do, you’ll end up in a worse place than where you started.As we slowly, albeit weakly, get back to the normal means of growth, we will begin to please the Lord by obeying His precepts. It may not look like a lot at first, but obedience will be present. We will be more self-controlled, more forgiving, and we will start to humble ourselves in sacrificial service to others.

The Book of James says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” John is showing full agreement in this passage with what James has to say about prayer. We don’t simply obey God just so that He will answer our prayers and give us what we want. We obey God out of gratitude for who He is, and what He’s done in saving us, and then over time He graciously conforms our will to His will when we pray. Now, let’s obey Him by seeking Him above all things! Then pray, and trust Him for His answers.

God bless,  Jamie

                                                           1 John 3:16-24

 

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.  For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.  And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

Prayer Devotional, Acts 1:12-26

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For use in corporate or private prayer, and/or family devotions………

Our Scripture passage will be Acts 1:12-26:

 

Dear brothers and sisters,

Let us take notice of how important Corporate Prayer was to the early church. This passage takes place just after the ascension of Jesus Christ, after He had given these early disciples instructions on the Great Commission. Faced with the task of spreading the gospel to the nations, planting churches, and replacing Judas with a qualified Apostle, these men and women came together to pour out their heart to God in prayer.

The way the early church prayed in this passage is an example we ought to follow. They believed that great things happen when God’s people pray! The Great Commission has not ended, and will not end until the Lord returns. And if we are to reach the nations, starting with our own areas which God has placed us in, we need to bathe it all in much prayer. Remember, the sovereignty of God has determined where you live, and this is where He desires you to spread the gospel. And it would be arrogant of us to think we can do it in our own strength. Prayer is vital!

And notice…..they did it in agreement with one another. They were united in their motivation and desire, which was dependence on the Holy Spirit, love for Christ, and trust in God to do His work in and through them. Which ultimately leads to greater communion with God! And they were also united in their purpose, which was to gloryify God in the spread of the gospel. Having this mindset when it comes to our relationship with God will drive us to more more fervent praying for the lost. That mindset is being humble to the fact that we can do nothing without the enabling power of God.

So let us all, together with one accord, pray for the Holy Spirit to go mightily before us as we live as witnesses to the great Name of Jesus Christ.

God bless,  Jamie

 

                                                Acts 1:12-26

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms, ‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it‘, and ‘Let another take his office.’“

21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

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