In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos'
(matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos'
which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain
theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both
styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying
spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground'
a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the
deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.
In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the
styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different
facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style
than the 'Varying topics' one.
Having dwelt on the topics
- “The Christian journey”
- “ The Conquest of Canaan” and the
- “Lent season”.
in the previous months, now in the months of April and May, considering that
post resurrection of Christ (one of our concluding themes’ you would remember
in the meditations of March, was Resurrection), birth of the Church was a
landmark event in Biblical history, I want to cast the spotlight on the Book of
Acts (which records the birth and growth of the Church). This would ensure to a large
extent continuity of thought albeit under the ambit of new subject.
Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…
“Pray without ceasing.”-
I Thess 5:17
Having understood the importance and the power of prayer, let’s reflect
today on a paramount “prayer point”. Before coming to the point, I indent to make,
I want to dwell on the varied reaction to a typical fiery Billy Graham message in
one of the revival meetings in Los Angeles, some years back. While many were moved
deeply for the better, a cynical fellow-evangelist with the liberal mindset is said
to have carped on the “Beloved Billy” taking religion back by 100 years. To which the
unperturbed great servant of God is said to have responded with patented wit and insight
"I did indeed want to set religion back, not just 100 years but 1,900 years, to the Book
of Acts, when first century followers of Christ were accused of turning the Roman empire
Oh for the first century fervor! While, we have prayed endlessly for so many things,
important as they were, have we ever entreated Him to send the First century fire upon
all of us? If not, let it be a single point prayer agenda for all our Churches and its members,
till a genuine revival sweeps the land!
Father, as lukewarm as our hearts are, at the time of praying, we pray that You forgive
us and send the revival, upon Your Church, which You love more than anybody
else…yes more than Your ordained flesh and blood servants. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.