Praying for Church Planting through the Book of Acts
From Iconium Paul and Barnabas moved to Lystra. Paul was preaching the gospel there as he had done in other cities. Finding a man who had been a paraplegic since birth Paul healed him. God worked in a miraculous way to give a concrete example of the saving work of Christ and the native people interpreted it through their own religion. The entire city then attempted to worship Paul and Barnabas as Hermes and Zeus. In response, Paul and Barnabas "tore their garments" as a sign of blasphemy. They would not receive praise, celebration, or glory that was due only to God or take credit for the work that the Lord had clearly done. So, we pray for the grace to resist undue praise and to always give credit to the Lord.
Those who had resisted Paul and Barnabas in Pisidian Antioch and Iconium made their way to Lystra. Taking advantage of the religious upheaval in the city they turned the people against Paul and Barnabas by inciting them to stone the missionaries. Despite the physical assault Paul would not be dissuaded. After a brief visit to nearby Derbe, Paul and Barnabas would return to the three cities that had rejected them "strengthening the souls of the disciples". After establishing elders in each of these cities they returned to Antioch in Caesarea. So, we pray for the conviction and grace to continue despite even serious resistance.