Summary: This sermon demonstrates the importance of praising with passion!
Unlovely to Beautiful
February 10, 2002
A. [Not Ready for Aging]
In the cartoon For Better or Worse, a mother is looking into the mirror and carrying on a conversation with herself.
She says, "My face is changing. It’s not the same—definitely not the same—different. It’s older. Maybe if I parted my hair on the side. Maybe if I were to rub a little more moisturizer around each eye. A little different colored blush perhaps? Nope, this is it. I look older and there’s nothing I can do about it. I remember my mother’s face looking like this. I remember how the lines crept around her mouth and her eyes. Yes, it’s my turn now to take on that look of the mature, older, woman."
She gazes intently into the mirror, and then shouts for all to hear, "And I’m not ready!"
1. There’s something about beauty that draws our attention.
2. All of us would like to be beautiful, but most of us don’t feel that we are.
3. Of course all beauty is not physical and God is drawn to a different kind of beauty than we are.
4. Our text today in Acts chapter three speaks about beauty and there are some important things for us to learn there in this story.
3. So the first thing we see in Luke’s painting is…
I. Lovely @ prayer
A. Peter and John went up to the temple to pray, daily.
1. In fact Peter and John probably went up to the temple to pray three times a day.
2. The text says that Peter and John went up to the temple at the time of prayer, about three o’clock in the evening.
a. And notice these aren’t "Sunday School" prayers that David is praying.
b. The Scripture says that David was CRYING OUT in DISTRESS.
c. There are strong emotion and feeling to David’s prayers that he is praying three times per day.
4. Then Daniel 6:10 (quickview)  tells us that it was Daniel’s custom to pray three times per day as well, Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.
a. You see, King Nebuchadnezzar had issued a decree that said that anyone who prayed to any other God besides the King would be thrown into the lions’ den.
b. Did you know that was why Daniel was thrown in the lions’ den?
c. That’s the truth: Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den for praying to God three times per day.
d. Daniel didn’t care what the king’s edict said or what the punishment was for violating it.