Journey into Freedom Day 9

A mosaic of the Baptism of Paul.

Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask to recognise that God’s plan sometimes seems strange to people.

Setting: Read the Bible passage below and imagine you are one of the characters in the story and imagine what it must have been like for that person.

Acts of the Apostles 9:10-19 HCSB

There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Here I am, Lord!” he said.

“Get up and go to the street called Straight,” the Lord said to him, “to the house of Judas, and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, since he is praying there. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and placing his hands on him so he can regain his sight.”

“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard from many people about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And he has authority here from the chief priests to arrest all who call on Your name.”

But the Lord said to him, “Go! For this man is My chosen instrument to take My name to Gentiles, kings, and the Israelites. I will show him how much he must suffer for My name!”

So Ananias left and entered the house. Then he placed his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so that you can regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptised. And after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Mosaic of the baptism of Paul

Conversation: Talk to Jesus in your own words. Alternatively you could imagine yourself talking to Paul or Ananias.

Final Prayer: End with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

A Thought for Today

We can’t change our personality but we can change our priorities. Saul of Tarsus had a reputation for being single-minded in his desire to rid Judaism of the followers of the way of Christ. He was keen and enthusiastic in pursuing this task.

After his conversion to Christ, the renamed, Paul, was every bit as keen and enthusiastic in his desire to convert people to the following of Christ.

God wanted Paul to be on his side building the Church rather than destroying it. Like Paul, you may not be able to change your personality, but are you content with your priorities?