Paul Protected in Malta
DAY 38: FRI 07 APR, 17
“How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the Presence of our God because of you?” (1 Thessalonians 3:9)
Come and Rest in My Presence “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 The Message)
“It is extremely necessary we are synched with the rhythm of heaven. Rhythm is in the Holy Spirit and heartbeat of the Father. The analogy that most accurately represents the rhythm of heaven is the image of the waltz. There is love in the waltz. There is joy in the waltz – two partners moving as one.” (Hetland, Introduction, p31-32,35)
Lean into Jesus and trust him for whatever you are facing.
Receive My PowerReading: See the full story of the shipwreck: Acts 27 ESV Audio Bible Paul’s Third Journey Map 21
Extract: Acts 27:1,18-26,41-44 TPT
“When it was decided that we were to sail for Italy, Festus handed over Paul and a number of other prisoners to the custody of a Roman officer named Julius, a member of the imperial guard. The next day, because of being battered severely by the storm, the sailors jettisoned the cargo, and by the third day they even threw the ship’s tackle and rigging overboard. After many days of seeing neither the sun nor the stars, and with the violent storm continuing to rage against us, all hope of ever getting through it alive was abandoned.
After being without food for a long time, Paul stepped before them all and said, ‘Men, you should have obeyed me and avoided all of this pain and suffering by not leaving Crete. Now listen to me. Don’t be depressed, for no one will perish—only the ship will be lost. For God’s angel visited me last night, the angel of my God, the God I passionately serve. He came and stood in front of me and said, “Don’t be afraid, Paul. You are destined to stand trial before Caesar. And because of God’s favor on you, he has given you the lives of everyone who is sailing with you.” So men, keep up your courage! I know that God will protect you, just as he told me he would. But we must run aground on some island to be saved.’
…they drifted into the rocky shoals between two depths of the sea, causing the ship to flounder still a distance from shore. The bow was stuck fast, jammed on the rocks, while the stern was being smashed by the pounding of the surf. The soldiers wanted to kill all the prisoners to prevent them from escaping. But the Roman officer was determined to bring Paul safely through, so he foiled their attempts. He commanded the prisoners and crew who could swim to jump overboard and swim ashore. The rest all managed to survive by clinging to planks and broken pieces of the ship, so that everyone scrambled to the shore uninjured.”
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What does God say to Paul? Does this prophetic word come true?
O: Has God intervened miraculously in your life? Can you rest in Jesus’ peace at tough times?
Be My Spirit-led Witnesses S: Have you shared words that God has spoken to you? Did these bring life? Were they received?
Pray for those you know who carry the gospel. Ask the Holy Spirit to prompt you to make a donation to a gospel ministry. e.g. Carl Musch: IMLA Indigenous Ministry Links Australia – evangelism, church planting, ministry training, breaking the cycle of poverty. www.imla.org.au
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Be My House of Prayer Father, we pour on You our gratitude for Jesus and the Holy Spirit. You have given us salvation and the power to be Your witnesses! You fulfil every promise! Freely we have received, Lord. May we give as we have received.
Lord, we pray for your favour upon those who need your protection and refreshing - especially people with depression, parents of young children, carers and workers who support people with high needs; those who are homeless; those at risk in their workplace; missionaries and all leaders and people under acute responsibility and pressure. We uphold them for refreshing, courage and strength as they rest in dependence on you, Jesus.
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.