RE Verse reading–Acts 11:1-26 (day three) The beginning of the meeting: “The circumcised believers criticized [Peter] and said, ‘You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.’” (v. 3) The end of the meeting: “They had no further objections and praised God, saying, ‘So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.’” (v. 18) Between these two statements, the believers in the Jerusalem church listened to what Peter had to say. Listening is a posture of humility, and so it is hard for us to practice. In these accounts of the early days of the church, between persecution and questions of fellowship and the like, the believers often found that they did not know what to do. They prayed, they met together, they reviewed their history, and they listened to one another. Then, they acted on the best knowledge they had. The results speak for themselves. It seems this young church had developed a culture in which they were not afraid to say they did not know how to proceed. Following the pattern of the church in Acts, a good corporate and individual prayer might be this: “Lord, we do not know what to do.” If we will pray regularly like that, we will train our ears to become humble enough to listen.
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