BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."
Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, yor family, your church and the world.
Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow inChrist's works of healing continue. But their importance is in how they point to him. Peter uses the opportunity of the healed beggar to poclaim the gospel - and with a boldness in the Spirit that he of all the disciples lacked before Pentecost. Yet although many come to faith the Jewish leaders haven't learnt. They cannot deny the miracle but still seek to hush the disciples up (4v16-17). The prayer of 4v23-31 acknowledges this is futile, just as was the attempt to silence Christ through the cross. What encouragement as hostility to Christianity is on the increase. We will see throughout Acts that nothing can thwart the advance of the gospel. As you read note what is being taught about Jesus.
Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.
Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.