Praying for Church Planting through the Book of Acts
After leaving the island of Cyprus Paul and Barnabas came to Antioch in Pisidia. Going to the synagogue there Paul was asked to teach. So he preaches through the history of Israel from Abraham to Samuel to David. He preaches about the resurrection of Christ which secures the forgiveness of sins (13:37-39). The response by the Jews was enthusiastic as Paul returns the following week and "almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord" (13:44). Despite the positive response by the city, the leaders were jealous of the gathering and began to contradict Paul's message (13:45). Paul boldly confronts the Jewish leaders and says that it was God's plan for the Jews to hear the gospel first, but that it was meant to spread beyond them to the Gentiles (13:46-47). This boldness lead to many Gentiles becoming believers and the gospel spread throughout the region (13:48-49). Though they would be driven out by the religious leaders, they continued to the next city and "were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit" (13:52). So we pray an enthusiastic response to the gospel in our neighborhood, boldness to confront critics, and for continual filling of the Holy Spirit.