'Kill and Eat"... That is not very appetizing, is it? Unless you are a true blue hunter – of which I am not and probably most of you aren't either. Now if any of you are members of PETA, please do not report me on this post. PETA may come do their Naked Protest Sunday outside our church. That would be Awkward to say the least. Soooooooo, I will ascribe these words to the Apostle Peter!
Yes, in Acts 11 he actually used these words. But I am not really focusing on this rather unique vision that the Apostle Peter had from God. I’ll leave that for another day. The amazing thing to me is that such an incredible change of the entire way God reached the World happened in this one passage.
But even the Call of God to reach all the world (including the Gentiles) that He gave to Peter that day is not the part that I want to focus on. What I love is that God chose to give Peter such a message while He was praying! Yes, once again it all goes back to prayer. Maybe the reason so many believers never hear from God or have such a heavenly vision and call is they do not pray enough.
Acts 11: 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. 6 I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. 7 Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’”
I know the easiest thing for me to get lax on is my time of Prayer. Yes, I pray and yes, I pray every day. Most days I pray multiple times but it still seems like the thing that gets cut short or distracted from the most is my time with God in Prayer. How crazy is that.
It takes passages like this in Acts 11:1-18 to remind me that when God is ready to do something BIG and stretch my faith, it’s during the moments I am in His Word and when I am praying. If I only say a shorty prayer and a quick meal or bedtime prayer I am not giving Him the chance to speak back to me.
Please read Chapter 11 and just dwell on how incredible it is that God changed the course of how He would spread the Gospel while this one man was praying. Forget the part of the killing and eating of the animals. That’s a distraction for this one point I am focusing on – albeit a very important and interesting story. (I’m not downplaying its importance.)
God bless you and may God speak to you and through you this week in mighty ways.
Thanks again for being our Oasis Pastors’ Prayer Partners. I am so grateful for you.
Posted on Wed, July 2, 2014