Two passages Spoke to me in my prayer time this morning over Acts chapter 28.
First was Paul quoting from Isaiah 6:9-10;
"Go to this people and say,
“You will keep on hearing, but will never understand,
and you will keep on looking, but will never perceive.
For the heart of this people has become dull,
and their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have closed their eyes,
so that they would not see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them". v 26-27
I prayed repentance over my life and ODC's where ours hearts have become "dull" and complacent. Ways my ears have been hardened and I fail to take time to hear you in prayer. Seek your voice in areas over my life. Hear the voice of my spouse and others to care about my character and faith, and neglect to open my Bible and hear your words of truth. I prayed for areas I have closed my eyes of put blinders on to areas of sin, complacency, apathy, and laziness in my life. Closed my eyes to the suffering of people and those victims of injustice. Closed my eyes to those without Christ in their lives around me. I prayed for a rekindling of zeal, love, in my heart. A heart yearns and seeks after God and understands that you are worthy of everything. I prayed for a heart that falls deeper and more madly in love with God.
The other passage was;
"Paul lived there two whole years in his own rented quarters and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with complete boldness and without restriction." v 31
Acts ends with this note: Despite all the attempts to stop it, the message goes forth. Despite all attempts to stop ODC, I prayed that if we honestly seek and remain in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, we will go forth as well boldly proclaiming the Gospel of grace. And the gates of hell will not prevail against it! (Matt. 16:18.) I prayed we would all see our homes as places to welcome people into and proclaim the gospel and train disciples. That simple churches would start in our homes as outposts of the Kingdom of God to our neighbors.
May it be so!!
As we close our time together in Acts today, please share you thoughts andreflection not only on Chapter 28, but also on our past 28 days together and what it has meant to you and/or what are you major take aways.