Sunday, January 22, 2023
They were completely amazed. "How can this be?" they exclaimed. "These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! Here we are — Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!"
O God, I pray for us, your children, and your church. May the Spirit that moved at Pentecost also overcome the barriers of language, age, gender, political affiliation, and anything else that divides us now. Help us tear down these barriers that still sometimes separate us. Use us to be an example to the world of what a people rooted in your love can be. O Father, make us one through the power of your Spirit. Make us one just as our Lord Jesus prayed in the 17th chapter of John.^ Make us one, so the world will know that you sent Jesus to save us all and break down the barriers that separate us from one another. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
^ John 17:20-22
Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.
Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.
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