Join us for three days in a mid-year prayer and fasting time. As we pray and fast, we believe that the Lord God will perform great and amazing things in our lives, families, churches, and nation. Here are three devotional lessons to help you in your prayer time for the next three days. In these lessons, we will study how the Holy Spirit worked in the lives of the Apostle Paul, the early church leaders, and believers.
DAY 3: Serving AND Proclaiming
SCRIPTURES: Acts 20:17-28; Matthew 10:18-20; Ephesians 4:1-7; Hebrews 12:1-3; Isaiah 50:4-7
ACTS 20:19,24,27: “I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews. . . . However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. . . . For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.”
Paul gathered the church elders at Ephesus and reviewed what happened in the past. Paul reminded them of the model life he has lived as he served the Lord. The term Paul used (Greek, douleuo) points to the slave-master relationship. Paul’s allegiance to his Lord determined the conduct of his ministry, which was characterized by servant leadership.
While anticipating the future, the apostle told the leaders that the Holy Spirit has shown him that he would be imprisoned and would experience suffering. In spite of this knowledge, Paul did not shrink back from fulfilling his task of proclaiming the Good News of God’s grace. His resilient faith and character were a worthy example to the Ephesian elders.
Paul encouraged them to watch themselves and the whole flock, in which the Holy Spirit has given into their care and supervision, to shepherd God’s church, which He purchased with the death of His own Son.
Humility and single-mindedness are two qualities needed by Christians as they conduct their ministry in the Lord. How do you think can you further develop these traits?
Paul’s relationship with the believers at Ephesus showed his care and love for them. In what ways can you show your love and care to people around you?
Think of specific ways you can serve and love the people in your area of influence.
Write your action plan and how you can fulfill it.
Pray for the salvation of your loved ones and plan on how you can share to them the Good News of God’s grace.