Monday, October 9, 2023
[After being instructed by the leaders of the Jerusalem church to join in the Jewish purification ceremony of four men,] Paul went to the Temple the next day with the other men. They had already started the purification ritual, so he publicly announced the date when their vows would end and sacrifices would be offered for each of them.
* Both sets of our Related Scripture Readings today emphasize this focus in Paul's ministry.
O Father, give me a heart like the apostle Paul for people who are lost. I want to imitate him in this passion just as he imitated the Lord Jesus' love for the lost.** Holy Spirit, increase your influence in my heart and will as I offer myself to be used to reach others seeking to know Jesus, especially the ones who do not realize that he is the one they are yearning to find. In Jesus' name and for his cause, I pray. Amen.
** This concept is taken from 1 Corinthians 10:33-11:1.
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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