Re:Verse reading–Acts 16:11-34 (day four)
One thing is different for Paul as he travels to the cities in Asia. Traveling with Silas, they enter the city of Philippi in Macedonia. On the Sabbath, rather than going to the Jewish synagogue, they go in search for a place of prayer. They find it outside the city beside the river.
In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 19, Jesus, quoting Isaiah, said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” Prayer should be one of the identifying characteristics of a church. For Paul and Silas, the place of prayer became the prison cell where they were held after their beating. Prayer is characteristic of believers as well as churches. In each of these cases, people came to know the Lord…Lydia and her household, the prisoners, and the jailer and his household. Prayer leads to evangelism. Holy Spirit inspired and infused prayer…does that describe your church and your life?