Text: Acts 10:9-20
Key Verse: “On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour” (Acts 10:9).
When God is about to call a person to the discharge of a special duty, He often, in a special manner, prepares him. Paul was converted on the way to Damascus when he was blinded by divine glory that shone from above. When Ananias was called to find Paul, he was told “…behold, he prayeth” (Acts 9:10,11).
The first task Paul was saddled with by the Holy Spirit after his glorious conversion was praying. He needed that to be able to fulfill the ministry he was about to receive from the Lord. In our text, the Lord was about to open a great door for the Gentiles to come into the kingdom through the gospel. Having decided to use Apostle Peter, the Spirit nudged him to retreat to a secluded rooftop to pray. Peter obeyed, not knowing, that some gentle enquirers were coming on their way. It was necessary for him to pray in this manner as directed by the Spirit so that his witness and preaching might be under the fresh influence and anointing of the Holy Spirit. If we are to be useful in the kingdom for great works, we must recognize and always heed God’s call to separation and prayer.
The Lord cannot do much with believers who are not totally dependent on Him in constant prayer and intercession. Though David suggested morning and evening and at noon as times to pray (Psalm 55:17), God’s call to prayer or intercession can come anytime in between. We are to be sensitive to the nudging of the Holy Spirit and yield our lives and time to labour in prayers for the never-dying souls of sinners all around us. Please, pray that God will find you dependable in this regard.
Thought for the day: Prayer is our first and necessary duty.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.