Thursday, November 5, 2015

Praying for 30 days- day 5

Today's scripture from my book Today I Pray by Stonecroft ministries is Acts 16:14 and I also included verses 11-15

"Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis, and
from there to Philippi, which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days. And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatir, who worshipped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us saying, "if you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay." So she persuaded us."

Father, I pray that You will open ________'s heart so that __________ will pay attention to, receive, and believe the Gospel.

God is the God of Psalm 139! On this particular day outside the town of Phillipi, Paul and Silas decided to go to a prayer meeting instead of a synagogue. They began to talk to the women there about Jesus. Lydia from Thyratira was also there that day selling her fine cloths. She overheard what Paul was saying and God opened up her heart and heeded the words he said. Her and her family accepted Jesus and was baptized. God knew and prepared for that day when Paul and Lydia would meet where He opened her heart to Him. It cannot happen any other way. Yes Paul spoke the truth and yes Lydia made the move but God prepared for everything to happen. I am just so thankful that I serve a God who knows our hearts and prepares us at just the right time for us to accept who He is.

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