13 In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers. Among them were Barnabas, Simeon, and Lucius from Cyrene. Simeon was also called Niger. Another was Manaen. He had been brought up with Herod, the ruler of Galilee. Saul was among them too. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit spoke. “Set apart Barnabas and Saul for me,” he said. “I have appointed them to do special work.” 3 The prophets and teachers fasted and prayed. They placed their hands on Barnabas and Saul. Then they sent them off.
Today’s passage is another reminder to ask
God regularly about what He wants us to do but this one is more about doing it as a church or connect group or even a workplace. Groups of us getting together to pray and ask God is a great thing to do. How
beautiful to see how the early church did things. These guys regularly sat with each other and God and prayed and fasted. God showed that He was there and listening by speaking to them. It doesn’t appear to have just been a prayer meeting around asking God about a specific thing but a regular thing they just did all the time. So things like Church prayer meetings are important. We can do it on a personal scale too by regularly getting together with friends to pray – giving God space to speak.
The early church not only invited God to speak, they then acted upon what He said and sent out Barnabas and Saul to do the work God had for them. Then Barnabas and Saul started on a wonderful adventure that had its ups and downs but was pretty amazing.
Lord thanks for being interested in our lives, for wanting us to help you with your plan for the earth. Help us to give you space regularly to speak and help us to hear and act. Thanks for the wonderful opportunities that can result.
Written by Therese Manning