Thursday, April 13, 2023

Acts 13:2

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

Scripture Insights

Prayer becomes powerful not when we use the correct words or the right in- flection or tone of voice. Prayer becomes powerful when it is about finding the mind of Christ. What is Jesus saying through his Spirit? Spending time listen- ing to God in our prayer life is where we find the mind of Christ.

It’s interesting in today’s scripture that the Holy Spirit speaks while the leaders of the church in Antioch are worshiping and fasting. These early church leaders have made room in their worship—and as they pray and fast—to listen to God. As a result of their listening and obedience, the apostle Paul is com- missioned to what will be a life of mission, planting churches and writing what became a significant portion of the New Testament.

Could it be that God will use you in your context—home, neighborhood, community, church—as you listen to him? Finding the mind of Christ is the roadmap to joining him on mission. Let us be intentional listeners of God.

Today’s Prayer

Lord, help us make space to listen to you in prayer. Help us be obedient to move in the direction you lead. Empower us to be effective as we join you in your mission of transforming lives, now and for eternity.

Prayer Journal Reflections

Reflect on the mission of the church in Canada and the United States.

—Steve Ottley
District Superintendent, Canada Central

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