‘My ain folk’: Acts 4:23-24a
‘23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. ‘Sovereign Lord,’ they said, ‘you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. ‘ NIV
Spurgeon referred to a preacher who said, ‘Certain people once released from prison would head straight to the pub’. But Peter and John went to church. ‘Birds of a feather…’There’s a lovely old Scottish song called ‘My ain folk’. Oh that we, in the church, would learn the value of our ‘’own people’’ (23). Don’t skip church when you’re feeling down; don’t isolate yourself. You need the company of your ‘’own people’’. Go and share what’s been going on, if you can. ‘Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer.’
It is so good to ‘take it to the Lord in prayer’.
It is also good – and this passage underscores the point – to ‘take it to the Lord in prayer’ together. There is help in raising our ‘’voices together in prayer to God’’ (24). Jesus taught His disciples to pray, saying, ‘’Our Father…’’
‘’Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no-one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken’’ (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12/see Matthew 18:19, 20).
‘Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.’
Find someone to share it with today – and pray.