A Memorial Prayer Before The Lord - Christian Daily Devotions - April 9 2006

A Memorial Prayer Before The Lord - Verse of the Day :
And said, "Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God."
-Acts 10:31

Daily Bible Reading Plan

Morning : Acts 10

Evening : Judges 11-12

A Memorial Prayer Before The Lord

Acts 10 is a very significant chapter because it is in this chapter that the Gentile Church was born. With the preaching of the gospel to Cornelius' household, world evangelism and world missions were launched.

While there had been many Gentiles who were kind to the gospel, Cornelius did something that drew God's attention directly to him. There is no doubt that he was a man who loved God. And in his love for God, he caught hold of the principle that Jehova is a giver, not a taker.

As Cornelius prayed and prayed, and gave more and more, all of a sudden the Lord gathered up all his prayers and giving, blended them together, and turned them into a powerful memorial prayer that activated His hand into quick action.

April 9 - A Memorial Prayer Before The Lord - Christian Daily Devotions

A memorial is a reminder--a tool to preserve remembrance. While God never forgets, He asks to be reminded. Isaiah 43:26 says, "Put Me in remembrance; let us contend together; state your case, that you may be acquitted." When you mix your prayer with giving, you "promote" that prayer into a special memorial that will move God to act on your behalf.

When barren Hannah mixed her intercession with a vow to give, the Lord immediately remembered her and she conceived that same night (1 Sam. 1:19). When Jephtah mixed his prayer with a vow to give, immediately God moved mightily and delivered Israel from the Ammonites (Judges 11:32).

When the widow of Zarephath decided to mix her prayer with giving, she "promoted" her prayer into a special remembrance before God. Almost instantly, God took her out of abject poverty into His financial abundance (1 Kings 17:9-16).

What kind of giving creates a memorial prayer before the Lord? In Mark 14:8, a woman "did what she could" in her sacrificial giving to Jesus. She offered her best and most precious to the Lord. Jesus took notice of her and her deeds were memorialized for all time (14:9). What was the key? She gave her best to God!

Be a prayer warrior. But know that it is the prayer of faith that moves mountain. So start mixing your intercession with your faithful tithing and generous giving. Your giving will turn your faith loose and intensify the supplications you are bringing before the Lord.

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