Emanna for 12/29/2019
Prayer Being Needed for God's Move
Acts 10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago to this hour I was praying at the ninth hour in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 10:9 ...Peter went up on the housetop to pray around the sixth hour. (10) ...a trance came upon him; Words of Ministry
After the vision of Cornelius (10:1-8), we have the vision of Peter (10:9-16). Cornelius received a vision in prayer, and Peter also received a vision in prayer, through which God's plan and move were carried out. Man's prayer is needed as a means of cooperation with God's move. In chapter ten of Acts there is a strong emphasis on the importance of prayer. First we have Cornelius' prayer and then Peter's prayer. The prayers of these two men became the means for the Lord to come in to open the door for the Gentiles. While Cornelius, a devout man, was praying, a vision came to him. Likewise, it was while Peter was praying that the vision recorded in this chapter came to him. From this we see that we all need to learn to have a prayer life, for a prayer life always prepares the way for the Lord's move and opens the gate for Him to spread. The record does indicate that they set aside certain times for prayer, that they prayed according to a schedule. Acts 10:3 says that Cornelius was praying at the ninth hour, at three o'clock in the afternoon, and 10:9 says that Peter was praying at the sixth hour, at twelve o'clock noon. From this we see that they had a prayer life and even prayed at scheduled times. If we have such a prayer life according to set times, we shall be used by Him in opening the way for the spread of His recovery.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life- study of Acts, pp. 237-238. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.