Prayer Focus: Togo

Bible Reading: Acts 18:19-19:41

Scripture

The assembly was in confusion. Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. The Jews pushed Alexander to the front, and some of the crowd shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people. But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” (Acts 19:32-34)

Observation

Ephesus was a cosmopolitan city full of gods, including the temple of Artemis. It is understandable that a monotheistic message was threatening to the community, especially since trinkets of the gods stimulated the economy. What is fascinating about verse 32 is that as Demetrius speaks, a crowd grows until “most of the people did not even know why they were there.”

Application

People are naturally curious about mobs. We gawk at car accidents. We join others in enthusiastic tribes (e.g. Michigan Stadium on a Saturday in November!). It’s very easy to go with the flow, follow the crowd, and do whatever is politically correct. That’s not necessarily the purpose of this text (it’s a narrative more than a teaching) but it does demonstrate how much all global citizens of every generation have in common with one another. When we follow, it is essential to know what or whom we are following!

Prayer

LORD, Master, King, and One True God, I want to follow You. It’s much easier to follow the crowd, the mob, the trendy and cool, but there is none like You. I praise and worship You for being faithful, holy, and truly above all gods. Forgive me for pursuing the gods of this world when my life should be radical and revolutionary, declaring my allegiance to You with my every word, thought and deed. I love You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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