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.