When Cornelius prayed to God in Acts chapter 10, the Lord answered his prayers by telling him: “Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.” Then he told him to send men to Joppa and look for Simon Peter (Acts 10:1-5) who was lodging at the home of Simon the Tanner. God was preparing to change Cornelius’ perspective by revealing to him salvation through Jesus Christ.
The next day, God was also answering Peter’s prayers. Continue reading
(1) And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
(2) And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
(3) And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
(4) And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Saul was a man of strong convictions. His beliefs did not come to him second-hand. He was truly convinced for himself that what he was doing was what Scripture commanded. If God was going to convert Saul, it would take drastic measures. And there is no more dramatic conversion in Scripture than that of Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus. Continue reading