Fifty Days of Prayer | Day 14

Fifty Days of Prayer | Day 14

Praying for Church Planting through the Book of Acts

In a matter of a week Saul went from the church's greatest enemy to one of its most forceful evangelists. Luke tells us "immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, 'He is the Son of God'" (9:20). The strength of his conviction and presentation "confounded the Jews" (9:22). When Saul made his way back to Jerusalem only Barnabas would welcome him. But on his affirmation, Saul was welcomed among the apostles and was "preaching boldly" (9:28). So, we pray for the radical conversion of the church's enemies and the graciousness of Barnabas to welcome them.

This addition of Saul into the apostles was resulting in tremendous fruit. The church had expanded beyond Jerusalem into Samaria and Galilee (9:31a). The church was at peace (9:31b). The church was growing (9:31c). The church was known for its humility and holiness (9:31d). The Holy Spirit was alive and active in the church(9:31e)So, we pray for the church to expand across our neighborhood, that it would be at peace, increasing, defined by humility and holiness, and that the Holy Spirit would be alive and active in the church.

For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.

When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.

And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.
— Acts 9:19-31