Lord, Receive My Prayers and Gifts to Others As an Offering—Acts 10:4

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 10:1-48, Acts 11:1-30, Acts 12:1-5

Heavenly Father, I’ve been sitting here for a while thinking about these verses, wondering what it would be like to be Cornelius, a Roman army officer, a Gentile in the days when the Jews were Your chosen ones , and a man who was visited by an angel.

In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God. One afternoon about three o’clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. “Cornelius!” the angel said.

Cornelius stared at him in terror. “What is it, sir?” he asked the angel.

And the angel replied, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering! —Acts 10:1-4

Cornelius hadn’t been trained since birth in Jewish religion. Yet he was one of Your devout followers.

I’m sure Cornelius had seen the Jews making all their daily animal sacrifices. He may have compared his relationship with You to theirs and felt less than, after all the Jews had many outward demonstrations of worship.

Lord, You don’t say this in Your Word but the thought came to my mind that You sent an angel to say to Cornelius, “No, you’ve never killed an animal and offered it up to Me but You have given Me many offerings.

Cornelius, You…

-Are devout

-Are God-fearing

-Have introduced me to your family 

-Have given generously to the poor

-Talk to Me regularly

Cornelius, these things are beautiful offerings to Me

Father, because of Cornelius’ reverence and fear of You, You moved Peter to do something he had never done so that Cornelius and his family could receive eternal life through Your Son.

Lord, this story reminds me that You went to great lengths to introduce me to Your Son and my relationship with You is one-of-a-kind. My story is unique. Every prayer I pray and every gift I give are received by You as a love offering.

Thank You for pursuing me!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 12:6-25, Acts 13:1-52, Acts 14:1-20

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