October 22, 2019: SOAP #3610:  Job 11-12; Acts 15-16 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 16:13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a […]

October 22, 2019: SOAP #3610:  Job 11-12; Acts 15-16

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 16:13 On the Sabbath we wentoutside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place ofprayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.14 One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple clothfrom the city of Thyatira, who was a worshipper of God. The Lord opened herheart to respond to Paul's message. 15 When she and the members of herhousehold were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me abeliever in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.”And she persuaded us.

Observation:  Pauland his traveling companions had been in the city several days.  They probably checked out places where theycould meet other believers.  Somethingabout this place by the river caught their eye. So, on the Sabbath, they headed off to that location, 'expecting to finda place of prayer.'  They went to 'church'with expectations!   They expected tofind praying people.  People shouldexpect the same today! 

Application:   Iremember first arriving at Balboa US Naval Hospital in San Diego.  I had been sent there for medicaltraining.  I knew no one.  The only friends I had were those I had notyet met.  How would I find a Christian friend?  I am sure it was the Lord who put a thoughtin my mind.  I entered the mess (dining)hall expecting to fine a person who would bow his head in prayer before eatinghis meal.  Before I was through the line,I saw a sailor bow his head to pray.  Itook my food to his table and did the same thing.  And that is how I met Boyd Adams.

What do people expect to find when theyjoin with other Christians.  Do theyexpect to find a place of prayer?  Prayeris always appropriate when two Christians meet!  

Prayer:   HolySpirit, remind me to pray with and for each believer I meet.  May I be praying when I meet them, may ourconversation contain an element of prayer, and when we part, may I continue onmy way praying.  Amen

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!