Paul Protected by Roman Commander
Paul Protected by Roman CommanderDAY 31: FRI 31 MAR, 17
“…he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’.. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Come and Rest in My Presence Apply Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Inner stillness and rest position our hearts to receive and obey trustingly.
“Our Father invites us to be still in His Presence and to know He is God.
In that place He reveals new facets of His Nature.”
“When we cease striving, He is able to reveal and impart more to us.” (Hetland, p18)
Receive My PowerReading: Examine the near fatal mob attack on Paul. Acts 21:15-39 ESV Audio Bible
Extract: Acts 21:27,30-36,38-39 TPT
“…a number of Jews from western Turkey who had seen him [Paul] in the temple courts stirred up the whole crowd against him. This ignited a huge riot in the city as all the people came together to seize Paul and drag him out of the temple courts, closing the gates behind him. But as they were about to kill Paul, the news reached the commander of the Roman garrison that the entire city was in an uproar. He immediately ran out to the crowd with a large number of his officers and soldiers. When the crowd saw them coming, they stopped beating Paul. The commander arrested him and ordered that he be bound with two chains. He then asked, ‘Who is he and what has he done wrong?’ Some in the crowd shouted one thing and others something else, just adding to the confusion. Since the commander was unable to get to the truth because of the disturbance, he ordered that Paul be brought back to their headquarters. When they reached the steps leading up to the fortress, they had to protect Paul and carry him up because of the violent mob following them, and everyone was screaming out, ‘Away with this man! Kill him!’”
As Paul was being led to the entrance of the compound, he said to the commander in Greek, ‘May I have a word with you?’ The commander replied, ‘So you know Greek, do you?’ …Paul answered, ‘I am, in fact, a Jew from Tarsus, in Cilicia, a well-known city of southern Turkey where I was born. I beg you, sir, please give me a moment to speak to these people.’ When the commander gave his permission, Paul stood on the steps and gestured with his hands for the people to listen.”
Be My Spirit-led Witnesses Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What is the impact of Paul’s use of multiple languages? God Speaks My Language www.mylanguage.net.au
O: Will you adapt the way you say things so you can communicate naturally and effectively to your neighbours in their ethnic, social and cultural understanding. We communicate best by facial expression, hearing the other person’s heart and felt need, and responding with kindness.
S: Will you go out of your way to build real relationships with your neighbours and colleagues? Are you willing to be known as a Christian in your neighbourhood, school, workplace etc? This tests our authenticity. Are you more afraid of people or God? Are you hiding in anonymity or shining? If we don’t know them how can we love them? If they don’t know us, how can they can turn to us for friendship; with questions and when they need support? If we don’t offer to pray for them and share the good news with them – who will? Local house of prayer in homes are effective ways for the kingdom to be established in the ethnicity, language, culture of your neighbours.
Are there local prayer groups in your neighbourhood? See: www.PrayforAustralia.com.au
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Today we read about Paul being protected by a Roman Commander. Tomorrow, Saturday 1 April, is our National Day of Prayer for Defence - led by members of the Military Christian Fellowship – Australia (MCF-A), a non-denominational fellowship comprising several hundred currently serving and retired servicemen and servicewomen. See prayer points and gatherings at www.mcf-a.org.au.
Be My House of Prayer Lord, still my beating heart. I repent from striving. May I go in peace to reveal and impart who You are – so You are exalted in my neighbourhood and in the tongues of all the nations of the earth! Praise to Your Holy Name!
Jesus, we pray that many will arise to pray for our leaders and communities to know truth and to speak it publicly with conviction. We especially pray this for our politicians and those in media, arts and entertainment. Focus us to stand as one for justice and righteousness in our statues and practices toward all. Deliver us from evil and overturn the schemes of the enemy; still the shouting voices of violence and bring the plans for disorder, dishonour, disturbance and confusion to nought.
Holy Spirit, come upon us and lead us in how we pray:
Pray for your prayer list and family and friends to receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Pray for Australia to receive Jesus as Lord and for His Church to be His House of Prayer.
Pray for a new generation of young prayer warriors and evangelists to arise in Jesus’ revival and transformation in our nation.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses..." (Acts 1:8)
Austin Cove Community Church are intentional in our prayer lives. We know there are so many different ways to communicate to God in prayer and we like to get creative.