“And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Acts 7:59-60
Stephen was a man full of faith and power. He did wonders and miracles among the people. But there were certain philosophers who disagreed with his Mind-set about Christ. With all their disputing, they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke. When you possess the right Mind-set about the kingdom, you are endow with special grace and anointing. With all the accusations against Stephen, all that the people on the high council could see was, the radiating glory of God on him. When we possess the right Mind-set, God causes His countenance to shine upon us for His glory.
Stephen prayed for his persecutors and killers. Saul who became Paul eventually became converted through this prayer. His Mind-Set was to pray for his enemy’s salvation. He did not see his persecutors as the enemy. He saw the devil instigating them against him. How many of us have the same Mind-set like Stephen today? What kind of prayers do we pray for our persecutors and supposedly enemies in our homes, in our churches, meetings, prayer units?
Some have the Mind-set of praying for their persecutors to fall down and die.
Some have the Mind-set that their supposedly enemy’s children should encounter dangers and become miserable in life when they pray.
Some have the Mind-set of praying dangerous prayers. I searched through the Bible and from Genesis to Revelation, there is nowhere dangerous prayers was mentioned. Do you also pray dangerous prayers? What does it mean to pray dangerous prayer?
Some have the Mind-set of attacking their persecutors. He curse me, I must curse him back. He abuse me, I must abuse him back. He stone me, I must stone him back. He pour water on me, I must pour water on him also. He hit my car, I must hit his car back. She beat my child, then I must beat her child too. He cheated me in that transaction, I must cheat him also in the next deal. The list is endless.
Stephen never prayed that fire should fall and consume his persecutors. He never prayed that God should reward them according to their deals. He never prayed for any wicked thing to happen to them. Instead, he prayed with a LOUD VOICE, ‘’LORD, LAY NOT THIS SIN TO THEIR CHARGE’’
Our Mind-set has made our voices to be LOUDEST when praying against our persecutors. What a Mind-set we need to correct? We must cry and pray for the salvation of souls and not the punishment of souls here on earth. It is Satan that MUST be punish and not our persecutors. It is the devil that is instigating unbelievers against us. He must be perished and sent to hell where he belongs. God does not want the death of the wicked. He does not want the persecutors to perish. He want them to come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved. Stephen understood the Mind of God, therefore, he demonstrated it.
Stephen pardon the ignorance of his persecutors that was why he prayed that God should not lay the sin to their charge. All sin and wickedness in the land should be laid to the devil and not to the persecutors. Until we all have the Mind-set that it is grace that makes the difference in your life and theirs, you will continue to have the wrong Mind-set in your prayers about your persecutors.
Pray the right prayers. Stop waking up around 1:00am or 2:00am everyday praying against your enemies. You have been deceived that that is when they operate and so that is the best time to attack them in their meetings. BIG LIE OF THE DEVIL. Stop denying yourself rest that is necessary for your health. It is good to wake up in the midnight to pray but not necessarily a warfare prayer against your persecutors. DON’T YOU THINK THAT IS ALSO THE BEST TIME TO INTERCEDE FOR THE SALVATION OF SOULS? It is also very good to engage your Mind to think and mediate on positive things about your life and study the scriptures and positive materials in the mid of the night.
It is your Mind-set that has deceive you to believe that over the years. Satan and his agents operates 24/7 round the clock. When you lie in the morning, who is at operation in your mind? When you falsify accounts at noon, who is in operation? When you fight your neighbour at night, who is at operation in your Mind? The devil of course. So the devil and his demons do not just operate by 1:00am or 2:00am. He operate 24/7 in the Minds of those that allow him. But a transformed Mind have the grace and power to resist his suggestions and temptations.
If there is a battle you must fight vehemently, it is the battle against SIN that has occupied your untransformed Mind. Christ Jesus has the power to set you free today.
I am challenged by the life of King David in 2Samuel 1:17-27. King David lamented over his obvious enemy death. Do you rejoice over the death of your persecutors? Do you pray for them to fall down and die? When negative things happen to the members of the family of your persecutors, do you give testimony about it? Remember, God has no delight in the death of the wicked but that the wicked turn from his/her wicked ways and live. This was what Stephen realised and he prayed for the salvation of his persecutors because he had the Right Mind-set.
Friends and foes are in our lives to fulfil the purpose of God. Keep your friendship and relationship with God intact by grace. YOU WILL PREVAIL!
I pray for you today, that your mind will bless and curse not. Your mind will not believe the lies of the devil. I pray for you today that you will always see Christ on the cross and live for the purpose He died and resurrected again for humanity. You will be a Stephen for Christ and manifest the Mind of Jesus everywhere you find yourself in Jesus name, amen.
The kingdom of God is the kingdom of the soul. The soul consist of your emotion, mind and will. God wants to control your soul. Surrender your soul to Jesus today.
To your Transformation
I am alive for this purpose
I celebrate you! Be healthy and wealthy in your mind!
Matthew Abolurin is the Principal Consultant/CEO of Pep Access Ltd, a consulting outfit responsible for Business conception, actualization and growth, Sales and Marketing Training and HR Management. Matthew Abolurin is the President of Transformation Network International, a multifaceted Network where wisdom is given to create a life of Purpose, Passion, Peace and Prosperity.