Fresh Hope – Day 59

Acts 10:1-4 ‘At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, ‘Cornelius!’ Cornelius stared at him in fear. ‘What is it, Lord?’ he asked. The angel answered, ‘Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.’

 

Cornelius was hungry for God to touch his family.

 

He was a well-respected man in authority, but he knew where his authority ended and where God’s began.

 

He modeled for us his daily belief that when we come to the end of ourselves, we come to the beginning of God.

 

Notice that his prayers ‘stacked up’ in Heaven before they received God’s attention and intervention.

 

Remember, nothing leaves Heaven until something leaves Earth.

 

It’s almost like your persistent, daily prayer reaches a tipping point in Heaven, and when it does, get ready… God gets to know about it.

 

If you stop praying for something after a short while, it shows the level of its importance to you and to God.

 

The things that really matter should become an ongoing, daily prayer, accompanied by times of fasting. It’s those ‘important’ prayers that get Heaven’s attention.

 

Be encouraged to keep praying… make it your daily appointment with God.

 

Hebrews 6:12 ‘We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.’

 

Hebrews 10:35-36 ‘So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.’

 

Pastor Mark

 

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