The Three Petitions of Our Prayer for a New Pentecost
Our 'Prayer for a New Pentecost' is patterned off three events leading up to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Each of these three events are captured in each of the three petitions of our prayer. The first event was the chief priests and elders tempting the people to vote pro crucifixion of Jesus Christ (Mat. 27:20). This is similar to the world of today tempting us to vote pro choice of abortion; and so our first petition, taken from the Lord's Prayer (Mat. 6:12), is for God to forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors for tempting us to be pro choice of abortion.
The second event was our Lord Jesus Christ, hanging from the cross, petitioning his Father to forgive his killers, since they did not know that they were killing the Christ (Luke 23:34); and so our second petition is for God to forgive our debtors, since they do not know how to be pro choice of life. Even though we are not the ones being killed by abortion or by crucifixion, our second petition is appropriate, because we are not asking God to forgive people for killing children by abortion; rather, we are asking him to forgive people for tempting us to participate in the killing of children by abortion. It's also appropriate, because abortion is the antithesis of the Cross, being that it's the sacrifice of a father's child unto the forgiveness of an opposite debt, the debt of the father to the child instead of the debts of God's children to their Father.
The third event was our Lord's petition being answered on Pentecost, when 3000 of his killers (Acts 2:41) learned from Peter that they had killed the Christ (Acts 2:22-36); because it was upon coming to that conviction (Acts 2:37, 2Co. 7:8-9) that they repented and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:38, 2Co. 7:10). That's when God the Father forgave them; and so our third petition is for God to provide us the means to teach others (just as he provided Peter the means to teach the 3000), so that our debtors might become convicted (just as the 3000 were convicted on Pentecost).
|Prayer for a New Pentecost|
|Our Father in heaven, we ask thee to||1st Petition: from the Lord's prayer (Mat. 6:12). In the election between Barabbas and Jesus (Mat. 27:17), the chief priests and elders tempted the people to vote for Barabbas to be released and the innocent blood of Jesus to be shed (Mat. 27:20).|
|forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors|
|for tempting us to be complicit with them in prolicide.|
|Forgive them O Father||2nd Petition: based on the crucifixion prayer (Luke 23:34). Abortion is especially evil because it is the antithesis of the Cross, being that it's the sacrifice of a father's child unto the forgiveness of an opposite debt, the debt of the father to the child instead of the debts of God's children to their Father.|
|for they know not|
|what they do.|
|We thank thee for teaching us||3rd Petition: After thanking our Father for teaching us (Isa. 54:13, John 6:45) today's eternal gospel (how to be pro choice of life), we ask for the means to teach others, just as Peter was given the means to teach others the gospel of Christ on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:22-36). The 2nd petition is not answered until the 3rd petition is answered, because it was not until Pentecost, when 3000 Barabbas voters were made sorry in a godly manner (Acts 2:37, 2Co. 7:8-9) that they repented and received the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:38, 2Co. 7:10), the very thing that Jesus asked for from the Cross (Luke 23:34). Every time someone comes to repentance, thereby converting from pro choice of abortion to pro choice of life, a little Pentecost takes place and we should thank God for it.|
|how to stop being complicit in prolicide; and|
|we ask thee for the means to teach others how, so that|
|our debtors might be made sorry in a godly manner,|
|for godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation.|
|We ask these things in the name of thy Son,|
|our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.|