Fifty Days of Prayer | Day 13
Praying for Church Planting through the Book of Acts
The greatest enemy of the early church was a man named Saul. He oversaw the murder of Stephen (8:1). But, he wasn't content with the death of one man. Saul was "breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord" (9:1). After gaining permission from the high priest he left Jerusalem to imprison Christians in Damascus. But, the Lord wouldn't allow it. While on his way he was blinded and knocked off his horse by "a light from heaven [that] flashed around him" (9:3). Then Jesus spoke to him and said, "why are you persecuting me?" (9:4) He had to be led by the hand into the nearest town. There he laid for three days, blind. So, we pray for those most vocal and active opponents of the church to be converted miraculously by Christ.
Then Jesus spoke to a man named Ananias. He was directed to the house where Saul had been staying. Jesus tells Ananias to lay hands on Saul so that he will get his sight back. Understandably he resists. It was no secret that Saul had been intent on destroying the church. But Jesus tells him, "he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel" (9:15). So, Ananias went. Ananias prayed. Saul regained his sight and was baptized. So, we pray that God would use these former enemies of his church to reach into new groups of people in Houston, into the city and state government, and into those who are religious but don't know God.