Unstoppable! 'Prayer Opens Us to the Direction and Mission of God' — Acts 10:9

Friday, May 31, 2024

The next day as Cornelius's messengers were nearing the town, Peter went up on the flat roof to pray. It was about noon...

— Acts 10:9 NLT

Key Thought

The apostles knew that a devoted prayer life was essential to their leadership of Jesus' unstoppable movement of grace and faith. They would not be distracted from prayer and the ministry of the message of Jesus in the early days of the church. They prayed before selecting a replacement for Judas (Acts 1:21-26). The need for the apostles to have more time for prayer was part of the reason for selecting the seven men to serve the Greek-speaking widows, and the apostles prayed for the men when they were selected (Acts 6:4-6). Barnabas and Paul were worshiping and fasting when God sent them out on his mission (Acts 13:1-3). Prayer was the gift that opened the windows of heaven for the power of the Holy Spirit to be released (Acts 4:31). And Peter's afternoon prayer in today's verse was the doorway for God to enter Peter's world and invite him to lead the church into the whole world, not just the Jewish world. What doors remain closed to us today because we don't pray?

Today's Prayer

Forgive us, dear Lord, for not praying with passion and not hungering to be in your in presence. Awaken my heart to prayer, I ask, in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 11:1-13; Acts 4:23-31
  • Ephesians 3:14-21

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About This Devotional

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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