Fifty Days of Prayer | Day 15
Praying for Church Planting through the Book of Acts
Throughout the ministry of Jesus he was both telling people about the Kingdom of God and also performing miracles. Now the apostles are doing the same thing. The story picks back up with Peter. He goes West of Jerusalem to a town called Lydda. There he meets a man named Aeneas who was paralyzed. Peter heals him in Jesus' name. Everyone saw this miracle "and they turned to the Lord" (9:35). The Kingdom of God advances through the simple proclamation of Jesus. God isn't just concerned with "saving souls", he was to restore all of a person and all of creation. That's why we pray for God to do these same miracles today. As we share the gospel and start a new church in Houston, we want to see the Lord restore, renew, and reform. So, we pray that men, women, and children, would be healed spiritually, emotionally, and physically through the Holy Spirit for the purpose of leading them to faith in Christ and advancing the Kingdom of God.
From Lydda, Peter moves West to a seaside town called Joppa. There lived a woman named Tabitha. She was a good woman "full of good works and acts of charity" (9:36). But she got sick and died. Peter came to Joppa at the urging of fellow believers who lived there. He found the town in grief over this poor woman who had died. Peter enters her house and prays for her. God raises this good woman to life. The result? "it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord" (9:42). So, we pray for the Lord to lead us to that good man or woman known throughout the neighborhood and loved by all. We pray for Jesus to raise them to new life in Christ and that they would lead many more to faith.