South Dakota Apostolic Prayer Network

SD State Coordinator Betsy Moeller

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


66 Books of the Bible Release to 66 Counties of South Dakota
Our 44th county to pray for in South Dakota is McCook County, with the city of Salem being the county seat.  We release the book of Acts to McCook County.  Acts, the 2nd book written by Luke, is a continuation of the doings and teachings of Jesus, but now accomplished through His Church.  Jesus is seen throughout Acts speaking and acting through His church.  Acts is the story of men and women who took the Great Commission seriously and began to spread the news of a risen Savior to the most remote corners of their known world.  Acts is the historical link between the gospels and the epistles.

 Jesus Christ, the resurrected Savior, is the central theme of Acts.  There would be no book of Acts apart from the resurrected Christ!  This is the Jesus that we see throughout this book - the living, indwelling Christ working through His church through His Holy Spirit.  Luke places a strong emphasis on the ministry of Holy Spirit, as Jesus had given instruction in Acts 1
:8, to wait for the infilling of Holy Spirit to empower them to be witnesses for Him.  The power of Holy Spirit through the church is the most striking feature in Acts.  In Acts 2 we begin to see the formation of the Christian Church on the day of Pentecost, 50 days after Passover.  Pentecost birthed the Church as the Holy Spirit came as a mighty rushing wind with tongues of fire over the disciples that had gathered together in Jerusalem.  This was the empowerment from on High, Jesus told them would happen, the Spirit of God poured out on all flesh, and the doings and teachings of Christ now to be accomplished through His Church fulfilling the Great Commission in great power. 

The public ministry of the church in Acts began with a life-changing encounter with Holy Spirit.  On the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of God was poured out on all flesh.  And today, we are to walk in this same power of Holy Spirit as this early church.  Jesus is the prototype of the Spirit-filled, Spirit-empowered life.  The Book of Acts is the story of receiving what Jesus received in order to do what Jesus did.  Through the power of Holy Spirit to preach the kingdom of God and to demonstrate kingdom power by healing the sick, casting out demon, and setting the captives free.

Father in the name of Jesus, we thank you for McCook County.  We thank you Lord, that a time of refreshing from Your Presence would sweep across the people and land of this county, as a time of repentance and conversion comes (Acts 3
:9).  And that Your people of this area experience a fresh Pentecost experience of Holy Spirit even as in the Book of Acts.  Let the Acts of Holy Spirit be known in the people of McCook County spurring them on to fulfill the Great Commission of the Gospel of Your Kingdom.  Cause the fire of Holy Spirit to burn in the hearts of Your people moving in signs, and wonders, and miracles, once again.

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