57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.
8 1And Saul approved of their killing him.
We need to run for God’s help every minute of the hour during our whole warfare; but most of all we need to call for his help in the last conflict, which is the hardest.
We, too, should commit our souls into the hands of God every day we remain in the world, just as David did, so that God may deliver our life from all dangers, for we are surrounded by a thousand deaths. But when we are called to die, we must fly to this prayer, that Christ will receive our spirit.
This hope ought to encourage us to suffer death patiently. Indeed, whoever commends his soul to Christ in earnest faith must resign himself wholly to Christ’s will.