TEXT: Acts 10:24-29
24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?
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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 217 messages in this series.
This is message #218 titled, God Honors Consistent Prayer and Faithful Living, Part 6
In this passage, we begin to see the culmination of the prayers of two faithful men and their obedience to God’s instructions to them. Cornelius, the Roman Centurion, prayed every day and he was told to send for Peter. Peter also was a man of prayer whom God told to go with the Gentile messengers who had come to Joppa asking for him. Neither of these men knew each other. Neither knew what God was doing. But because they were both faithful and obedient, God brought them together so that He could open the door of the Gospel to the Gentiles.
It is human nature to want to have things explained to us before we act. However, sometimes, the only way we can understand the “why” of God’s commands is to obey first. When Peter received the vision of the great sheet with clean and unclean beasts, he didn’t know what to think. When the voice told him, ‘Rise, Peter, kill and eat,’ he was bewildered. When a group of strange Gentile men showed up on his doorstep, he went with them only because God had told him to.
Now he meets Cornelius, and he suddenly realizes what God was trying to show him in the vision. He says, “Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.” Peter would have never realized this if he had not obeyed. Oswald Chambers said, “The golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters is not intellect, but obedience.”
Peter goes on to tell Cornelius, “Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for.” The word “gainsaying” means contradiction. Gainsaying is when we verbally go against what God has told us to do. We raise objections, we complain, we question, we try to get our voice heard when God has already given us clear instructions.
One of the reasons why we suffer from unanswered prayers and from lack of understanding regarding God’s plan for our lives is because we simply don’t obey what God has already told us. We cannot reach for more and better and higher things until we do the things that He has already told us. We cannot keep asking for our prayers to be answered when God has already provided an answer and is waiting for us to obey.
John H. Sammis wrote:
When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.
But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey.
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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.