Good morning! Have you ever worked on a project? Maybe the project had multiple challenges and after awhile everything came together with great results. Were you able to sit back and enjoy it or were you on to the next task/project? Today in Acts chapter 13 we will begin to read about the next task.
“Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”[a]), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas[b]), and Saul. 2 One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” 3 So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.” – Acts 13:1-3 NLT
Here’s a brief recap of Barnabas and Saul from Acts 11:25-26 NLT
“25 Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers[g] were first called Christians.)“
It was the work in the church at Antioch that brought us back here. Barnabas and Saul had done a great work in the church, teaching and equipping believers. Now the Holy Spirit was calling them to something new.
Today’s verses don’t give us a step-by-step on what Barnabas and Saul were called to do, but they were called. I like to focus on they continued to fast and pray.
Sisters and brothers, there are times when we will know exactly what God has called us to do and then there will be times when we need to further consult with God in prayer. He has given us all a plan and purpose, but we need to be willing and obedient to what He has called us to do.
Where are you today?
- Has God called you to do something?
- Are you praying for more guidance?
- Do you have others praying for you/ with you and encouraging you to do what God has called you to do?
Father God, we thank you for your amazing grace on our lives. Lord, you have taught us to follow after you with our whole hearts and minds. Lord, the enemy is actively trying to engage and distract us from the truth, from the peace that you give freely, and for your call for us to love one another. Lord, we ask in the name of Jesus that you bind the tongue and the hands of the enemy and his followers. Lord, we ask that you continue to equip us in your word, in boldness of faith and help us to keep our eyes focused on you. Lord, call us…and give us an obedient heart to do whatever you have called us to do. Lord, press into our hearts your word and truth. Sustain us and don’t let us lose faith. Guide us in our prayer time and use us for your glory – we want to be ready for our next task. Lord, be with those who are suffering. Be with those who are struggling to understand why this world has become so chaotic. Lord, heal the minds of our leaders and let them see things as you see them and change their hearts. Lord, be with our nation and the church. In Jesus name, amen.
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