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.