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 inThe early Christians clearly saw the sort of events surrounding the apostles as exceptional. Peter himself is suprised (12v11). The point, however, is that nothing can hinder the word of the gospel. It "continued to spread and flourish" despite the opposition of King Herod, religious leaders and a sorcerer (12v24). It should encourage us in a day of increasing opposition that God's word will fulfil the purpose he has for it. Indeed, he may use opposition to spread the gospel just as he used the persecution in Jerusalem to spread the first believers (11v19). As you read note what God does to ensure the gospel multiplies.
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.