Unstoppable! 'Praying for Daylight ' — Acts 27:27-29

Friday, December 17, 2021

Do you enjoy our daily devotionals?

Please consider financially supporting our ministry!

Donate Now

[As the ship that carried Paul as a prisoner bound for Rome was caught in a storm, he placed his faith in the Lord and called for those around him to have faith they would be saved from their predicament.] About midnight on the fourteenth night of the storm, as we were being driven across the Sea of Adria, the sailors sensed land was near. They dropped a weighted line and found that the water was 120 feet deep. But a little later they measured again and found it was only 90 feet deep. At this rate they were afraid we would soon be driven against the rocks along the shore, so they threw out four anchors from the back of the ship and prayed for daylight.

— Acts 27:27-29 NLT

Key Thought

Notice that Paul and his companions were now two weeks into the storm that threatened everyone's life onboard their ship. Thankfully, the sailors still had their sailing wits about them — "the sailors sensed land was near" — so they checked the depth and took precautions. However, the statement that grabs my heart and speaks to my waking nightmares is that they "prayed for daylight." I don't know about you, but one of the most comforting phrases in Scripture speaks a promise to those of us who reach for God in our deepest darkness:

Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

(Psalm 30:5)*

I remember the confession to God by King David:

To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.

(Psalm 139:12)

No matter the darkness that engulfs us, God is still our deliverer!

* See the context of this statement in the first of our Related Scripture Readings and see how appropriate it is for Paul's situation.

Today's Prayer

Great deliver, my light-bringer in my darkness, thank you for never leaving or forsaking me. I trust that you will never abandon or forsake me. I reach to you, I call to you, and I lean on you and trust that you will always be my light in both the brightest of days and the deepest of darkness. Thank you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 30:1-12
  • Philippians 1:15-19

Comments

Other Devotionals from Heartlight for Friday, December 17, 2021

A daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
"Jesus said, "Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst — not ever. The water I..."
A daily dose of Christian quotes to inspire and encourage.
"All I know is that I am a product of God and all I can do is the best I can to thank Him and honor Him and try to grow in Him, step by step."
A devotional to help reclaim Jesus as the daily Lord of our lives.
"Dear Precious Follower, David spoke the truth and We — Father, Son, and Spirit — wanted it emphasized, so you will find it included twice..."
Features the apostle Paul's writings turned into daily, powerful prayers.
"Dear Father, May I never be impressed with the philosophy and empty deceit that comes out of human traditions which do not agree with Christ. Keep me..."

Illustration

Illustration of Acts 27:27-29 NLT — [As the ship that carried Paul as a prisoner bound for Rome was caught in a storm, he placed his faith in the Lord and called for those around him to have faith they would be saved from their predicament.] About midnight on the fourteenth night of the storm, as we were being driven across the Sea of Adria, the sailors sensed land was near. They dropped a weighted line and found that the water was 120 feet deep. But a little later they measured again and found it was only 90 feet deep. At this rate they were afraid we would soon be driven against the rocks along the shore, so they threw out four anchors from the back of the ship and prayed for daylight.

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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.