PRAYING FOR THE LOST

Acts 24:10-27

Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” Acts 24:25

In Acts 25, Paul stood before Felix with a clear conscience. He had professed the gospel message without violating the moral and judicial laws of his day. Yet he as arrested and accused of stirring up dissension and being “a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes” (Acts 24:5). Knowing Paul’s citizenship rights, the governor had little recourse except to be lenient in his judgment of the apostle.

God is creative in His approach to mankind’s need for salvation. Paul did not compromise his convictions; he preached the gospel of Christ openly in the temple and later under house arrest to the guards who were chained to his side. Sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit achieves far more in the area of witnessing than we ever could accomplish in our own strength.

As a result of Paul’s obedience to Christ and then to the authorities over him. Felix began visiting Paul and inquiring about the Way (terminology used by early Christians to describe their life in Christ). Although it appears that Felix never accepted Jesus as his Savior, he was given a divine opportunity to do so through the testimony of the apostle Paul. What a privilege it is to witness to and pray for our government officials. Even though they have tremendous authority, they are not above God in their decisions; they need your prayers.

Father, I thank You for the opportunity to witness to and pray for government officials.

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