Prayer Focus: United Kingdom

Bible Reading: Acts 20:4-23:35


 11But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, “Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also.”  (Acts 23:11)


I’m struck by Paul’s concern for the believers, even as he is compelled to  travel to Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit warning Him of dangers to come. I think I’d be a bit distracted, but Paul is focused on task, encouraging the brothers from Ephesus, Ptolemais, Ceasarea, and then Jerusalme. He reminds them not only what they had been taught, but how they had witnessed Paul living out the message – modeling discipleship.  


One of the things I long to hear at the end of my life is “Well done.” We’re reminded in Scipture not to give up doing good, and to do all for His glory as if we are working for God direct. What a blessing here for Paul, in the middle of this conspiracy to end his life, to have Christ Himself come, stand at His side, and affirm God’s plan for his life and confirm him as a witness to Rome. It also stands as a reminder to us that following God sometimes brings hardship and uncertainty, things that require courage on our part to endure. I’m thankful that we, like Paul, don’t have to wait till we taste death to know that as we are obedient and live according to His word, He is pleased with our service.


Father I pray that you would strengthen us, affirm us, as we seek Your face and Your will for our lives. Forgive us when we falter. May we find comfort in our weaknesses for You’ve promised that it’s those moments when You are strongest. Help us to hear Your voice. May Your word dwell in our haearts so that we don’t sin against You. Cause us to burn with boldness so that we are faithful in problaiming Your peace in a world littered with brokenness, in need of a Saviour. For Your glory, Amen.