PRAYER: TURNING PERIODS INTO COMMAS


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

PRAYER: TURNING PERIODS INTO COMMAS
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Then some Jews came from
Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They
stoned Paul and dragged him
outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after
the disciples had gathered
around him, he got up and went back into the city.
Acts
14:19-20a

Today we hear from Open Doors’ author and co-worker, Anneke
Companjen. These
are the concluding paragraphs of her first book, Hidden
Sorrow, Lasting Joy:

My husband, Johan, likes to speak on Acts 14 when he
challenges Christians
around the world to care for the Suffering
Church.

In that chapter we read how the authorities won the crowd over
and stoned
Paul. They dragged him out of the city, thinking he was
dead.

“Period!” Johan tells his audience. “The devil wanted to put a
period here.
Paul was finished as far as the enemy was concerned. But God had
other plans.
The story continues, ‘But after the disciples had gathered
around him, he got
up and went back into the city’ (Acts 14:20). Something
happened that turned
the devils period into God’s comma. What made the
difference? The disciples’
prayer.”

God loves to change the devils
periods into commas, and he’s still doing it
today.

It is my heart’s
desire that he will use you and me to make a difference in
the lives of
Christians who are persecuted for their faith around the world.
We can reach
out to them, each in our own church and community and in our own
way, through
awareness, through action, and most of all, through prayer.[1]

RESPONSE:
Today I will not underestimate the power of prayer for persecuted
brothers
and sisters around the world. I will pray asking God to turn the
devil’s
periods into His commas.

PRAYER: Pray for persecuted Christians today
whether they are experiencing
pain or pressure, guilt or relief, sorrow or
joy, faith or denial, isolation
or fellowship, prison or freedom, hope or
despair, forgiveness or bitterness.

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