Fifty Days of Prayer | Day 16

Praying for Church Planting through the Book of Acts

To this point in the early church it had been comprised almost exclusively of Jews. But, that all begins to change in Acts 10. We're told about a man named Cornelius. He was a military leader in Caesarea (North of Joppa) and "a devout man who feared God" (10:2). But he was also a Gentile and an employee of the Roman military. An unlikely character to follow Christ. So, we pray that God would speak to the unlikely, unexpected, and forgotten people.

As a man devoted to prayer, the Lord gave him a vision with a message. Cornelius was instructed to send men to Joppa to retrieve Peter. Cornelius immediately complied and sent two servants to Joppa. So, we pray that God would direct them to us in order that we might lead them to Christ.

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort,a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.” When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him, and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.
— Acts 10:1-8