Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Acts 9:36-42

36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.

I love this passage as it speaks of great faith.  Faith on behalf of Tabitha’s (Dorcas) friends – even though she had died, they still called for Peter to come to see her. Faith on the part of Peter as he briefly & boldly prayed for her to be alive!

In 2001, during my first visit to India, I had the opportunity to pray for a young teenage girl. I didn’t know it then, but she had been mute from birth. Although I couldn’t understand what the Australia mother wanted me to flex pray for her daughter, I had faith in the knowledge that God knew her needs.  I prayed in tongues – after a minute or so, I asked the girl to say the word “Yeshu” – Jesus in Hindu. Her first word spoken was JESUS!

I know that when I step out in faith, no matter what, God will always turn-up. It’s not about me or what I can or can’t do – its all about me being faithful to what God is asking me buy cipro to do at that moment…

Written by Ps. Mandy Miller

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