Week Twenty: Restoring the Kingdom

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 18:20-29
    • Noon: Psalm 18:30-36
    • Vespers: Psalm 118:1-16
    • Night: Psalm 118:17-29
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: Acts 1:1-11
    • Tuesday: Acts 1:12-26
    • Wednesday: Acts 2:1-41
    • Thursday: Acts 2:42-47
    • Friday: Acts 3:1-26
  • Moment of silence

Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

Practice

Over the years I’ve changed my views about the dim-wittedness of the disciples in Acts 1. I had previously thought they still didn’t have a clue about what Jesus was trying to do with kingdom. But then it occurred to me: Jesus spent forty-days post resurrection speaking with them about the kingdom. The end of the book of Acts is about…kingdom (“For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!” Acts 28:30, 31). And Jesus doesn’t rebuke them for not getting it right. He simply says, “Wait for the Spirit.”

The truth is, the book of Acts is about the kingdom being restored! What Jesus did in Luke, the disciples do in Acts. This is kingdom come: the will of heaven done on earth.

In Acts 1 and 2 we see kingdom played out in joyous proclamation and community.

Sometime this week, share what you are reading in Acts with a friend (“Hey, I’ve been reading this book, can I tell you about it?”). Also, take extra time to connect with your Christian community. Have someone over for a meal or dessert or a game night. Just spend time connecting.

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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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