TEXT: Acts 10:1-4
1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,
2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
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We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 214 messages in this series.
This is message #215 titled, God Honors Consistent Prayer and Faithful Living, Part 3
In Acts Chapter 10, we were introduced to a man named Cornelius, a Gentile, and a centurion in the Roman army. He is not a saved man, but he strives to live according to the truth that he has gained regarding spiritual matters. He is a great example of how we as Christians should approach our life as believers — especially if we want to see our prayers answered.
The first thing we noticed about Cornelius is that he believed in God. He was “a devout man and one who feared God.”
Second, we saw that Cornelius’ devotion to God affected the way he lived his life. He led his household to believe in God, and he faithfully gave alms to those in need.
The third thing we notice about Cornelius is that he was a man who was consistent with his prayer life. The text says he “prayed to God alway.” The word translated as “alway” means constantly or continuously. Cornelius apparently followed the Biblical commands that “men ought always to pray and not faint” and to “pray without ceasing.” The Bible does not tell us what, specifically, Cornelius prayed for so often. But, we do know that he was consistent and faithful in His prayers to God.
I believe it is safe to assume that one of the things he prayed for was more light regarding spiritual matters. Perhaps, deep down, despite all his religious practices, he felt that there was still something missing from his life spiritually. As we will see later on in this passage, whether it was a direct answer to prayer or not, God decided to give Cornelius the full Gospel message. His reception of the Gospel message was the first recorded time it had been delivered to a Gentile.
Apparently, Cornelius was the right kind of man to receive this revelation. He was a man who had prepared himself for it. Not only had he placed his faith and trust in God in light of the knowledge that he had, but he allowed that faith to change the way he lived. His lifestyle was in line with his words. On top of that, he was a praying man — not just praying when he needed something, but a man who prayed consistently, constantly, and continually.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.