Fifty Days of Prayer | Day 32

PRAYING FOR CHURCH PLANTING THROUGH THE BOOK OF ACTS

After his year and a half in Corinth he would leave to return to Antioch. From Corinth he made the short trip to Cenchreae where we're told "he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow" (18:18). Then he would sail across the Aegean Sea to Ephesus where he would leave Priscilla and Aquila (18:19a). Once again Paul would find the local synagogue and "reasoned with the Jews" (18:19b). Though they asked him to stay he declined and sailed from Ephesus to Caesarea. His second missionary journey would end as he returns to Antioch.

While Paul was traveling to visit the churches he has planted, he had been able to leave Priscilla and Aquila in Ephesus. Their contribution to Paul's ministry would only multiply during their time there. After Paul left we're told that "a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus" (18:24). Apollos was an excellent speaker and expositor (18:24b). While he knew, believed, and taught about Jesus, his knowledge was incomplete because "he knew only the baptism of John" (18:25). Priscilla and Aquila would encounter him in the synagogue and were able to fill out the information Apollos lacked (18:26). This couple discipled him and sent him along to Achaia. His ministry "greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus" (18:27-28). So we pray for godly leaders who can multiply their ministry resulting in greater fruit through the gospel.

After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. But on taking leave of them he said, “I will return to you if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus.

When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.

Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.
— Acts 18:18-28