WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
[Peter said] “I was in the town of Joppa,” he said, “and while I was praying…the voice from heaven spoke again: ‘Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.’”
Acts 11:5, 9 (NLT)
LIVING SENT: PRAYER WILL OPEN MY EYES TO THOSE GOD WANTS ME TO REACH
Theodore Monod was once telling a little friend about Christ healing blind Bartimaeus. (Mark 10:46-52) “And what,” said he to the boy, “would you have asked from Jesus if you had been blind?” “Oh,” said the child, with glowing face and kindling eyes, “I should have asked him for a nice little dog with a collar and chain, to lead me about.” How often do we ask for the blind man’s dog instead of the seeing man’s eyes? (Sunday School Chronicle).
While praying for a cute puppy isn’t all bad, it wasn’t the most important need in the life of the boy. In Acts 11 Peter was praying and God opened his eyes to see what was most important. Seeing people who need Jesus was most important to God. If Peter had not been praying, he may have missed God’s assignment for Him. God could have gotten His attention in other ways but because Peter had a good prayer life he was able to quickly and clearly hear from God.
Do you have a consistent prayer life? What types of things do you typically ask God for? Have you asked God to show you who He wants you to reach?
1 Thessalonian 5:16-18 says, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” Ask God to give you continual joy as you maintain an attitude of prayer consistently. Thank God for your circumstances.