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The Word in Your World
Lord, I pray for all young people – and those not so young – who will be embarking on higher studies in a few weeks’ time. Help them to be calm and determined, well organised and dedicated. Teach them the value of time and how to plan and balance their days. Help them to grasp the opportunity with both hands. In Christ. AMEN
I remember today Lord, those students who failed to complete their courses last year and who are wondering what to do this year. Help them to know that they can have another shot at it and to persevere until they are successful. Tell them that many great people struggled to get going initially but stuck at it. I ask it in Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, I thank you for all students who completed their studies last year and have qualified to go out and hold important positions. Help them to know that they still have so much to learn and that they have a long way to go to reach the leadership positions of which they dream. Help them to enjoy what they do. I ask it in Christ’s name. AMEN
“I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me”.
1 Cor 16:8, 9 NIV
In his parable of the sower Jesus told how some of the seed fell on good ground and “brought forth a good crop, a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown” (Matt 13:8 NIV). Paul found that, when he went sowing at Ephesus, it was on good soil. He stayed longer there than anywhere else. “Paul is describing the situation during his two and a half years at Ephesus, recounted in Acts 19 … One of the main reasons for his long stay was the number of openings for the gospel he discovered. He ‘dialogued’ daily in a public lecture-room, the hall of Tyrannus, which he used during the midday siesta period. As a result of this public teaching, the whole of the province of Asia ‘heard the word of the Lord’ – a wide-open door indeed. It seems likely that Epaphras, a resident of Colossae in the Asian hinterland (modern day Turkey) was converted to Christ during his lunch-breaks from his business in the city. He then returned home and founded churches, not just in his home-town, but in the neighbouring towns of Laodicea and Hierapolis.
Not surprisingly, Luke (the author of Acts) tells us that “the word of the Lord prevailed mightily in Ephesus. Paul talked eloquently of the thorough, sacrificial, and costly ministry which he pursued in Ephesus: the account is in his farewell speech to the elders of the church at Miletus” (in Acts 20:17 ff) (D. Prior, The Message of 1 Corinthians, p281).
Look to exploit to the Lord’s advantage those opportunities which present themselves to your Christian community. Encourage those who can take advantage of these opportunities.
Lord, prosper your work in our Christian community.
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