The scripture for today is Acts 16:13 -15, KJV.
"And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a riverside, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshiped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us."
When I received this assignment for verses for this devotion, I questioned it at first. However, once I opened my study Bible of thirty-five years, the verses came right back to me. I had highlighted them some years ago. At the time, I was part of an inter denomination bible study that met on Saturday mornings. One person was a former interrogator with the CIA. Needless to say, he kept us on our toes with some very hard-hitting questions about faith.
This story is about the new church and the missionaries that went about growing the church and ministering to the people the faith. This had a direct impact on some people. Lydia was one of those people. She listened. Then God opened her heart. THEN her whole household became followers. Talked about faith by action! This is a great store. Just by listening.
Notice in the first verse, they went out of the city, by a river. They came to a gathering place where pray was being made. Mostly men but some women were there. By their prayers, they changed people's lives. Remember the power of prayer in all things. This is part of the lesson. Be of faith and pray.
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Pray for those who listen and follow so they may be bold in their faith. Pray for more prayer. Pray for God's work in our lives.