Fifty Days of Prayer | Day 15

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.

Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.

Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.
— Acts 9:32-43