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Ready To Believe

Ready To Believe

07 February 2010

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 4-6; Acts 14

Scripture:

8 There was a man in Lystra who couldn’t walk. He sat there, crippled since the day of his birth. 9 He heard Paul talking, and Paul, looking him in the eye, saw that he was ripe for God’s work, ready to believe. (Acts 14:8-9 MSG)

Paul and Barnabas were traveling from town to town, telling the Good News first in the Jewish meeting places, then wherever they could get some people to listen. On this occasion, a man crippled from birth, heard Paul telling about God’s love and God’s power. Paul noticed him listening intently and looking him in the eye saw that he was ready – ready to believe, ready for God to work in his life.

Paul wasn’t just preaching a sermon to a nameless, faceless crowd. He was giving a message of hope to individuals. Paul looked at this crippled man and with spiritual eyes could see that the man was ready – ready for God’s work, ready to believe. So Paul immediately challenged the crippled man’s ready faith and told him to stand up. Readiness to believe became full faith when he responded to the challenge and he jumped to his feet and walked – completely healed!

I want to be able to see when people are ready to believe and ready to allow God to work in their lives. I’m prepared to pay close attention to people – to look them in the eye. I want to see what Paul saw – their level of readiness for God’s work in their lives and I want to know what Paul knew – what to say, how to challenge their “readiness to believe” to become full and powerful faith.

Prayer:

Father, I ask for a greater ability to focus on each person I encounter. I want to see each person as an individual and look them in the eye. I want to be able to see through crowds to individuals and through eyes to hearts. Please give me spiritual eyesight to see when people are ready for God’s work in their lives and spiritual insight to know how to challenge their readiness to believe into fully activated faith. Grant me grace and wisdom to know what to do and say to help them most. Amen.

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