Scripture: Acts 9-10. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
After Stephen’s death, persecution began, and many Christians fled Jerusalem to seek shelter in other cities and countries. Saul tracked the people down to bring them back to Jerusalem; however, when he neared the city, he found out that God had other plans for him. In these next couple of chapters of the Book of Acts, we learn about Saul’s conversation, Saul in both Damascus and Jerusalem, the story of Aeneas and Dorcas, Cornelius calls for Peter, Peter’s vision, and Peter at Cornelius’s house. Follow along as we read Acts 9-10!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Saul had been traveling to Damascus, pursuing Christians, when he was confronted by Christ. God can show up in our lives in amazing ways. It is when we accept Jesus and become followers of him that leads to a renewed life in relationship with him. Our God can do anything, and we must not limit Him. We must always obey Him, following His leading in our lives, even when He sometimes leads us to difficult individuals and places. Our faith brings great blessings; however, it can also bring suffering. God wants us to be committed to Him; He promises to be with us through any hardships and suffering that we encounter. We must stay strong in our faith and keep close to our Heavenly Father. God gives us each unique gifts and talents; we are all different, but He loves us all the same. We must make good use out of the gifts that God has given us. When we sincerely seek God, we will find Him. God is everywhere. God wants us to share His Good News with everyone around us. We should never allow any barriers – language, culture, race, etc. – to keep us from telling others about God and His son Jesus.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Acts, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.