See it again - Prayer for OKC from the 7th Generation



Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. – Acts 8:35

Philip, a prominent figure in the early church, was given a peculiar set of instructions by an angel. He was told to venture into the desert and wait by a roadside, without knowing the reason behind it. Despite the lack of understanding, Philip chose to comply and found himself encountering a high-ranking Ethiopian official who happened to be passing by in his chariot. It turned out that this man had been reading the Jewish scriptures but was struggling to comprehend their meaning.

Now the passage of Scripture that he was reading was this:

Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
And like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken way from the earth.

And the eunuch said to Philip, “about whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” (Acts 8:32-36)

Two things had a profound impact on this man’s life: Philip’s willingness to obey a supernatural directive, and his knowledge of Scripture. Reflecting on your own tendencies, I wonder do you lean more towards responding to the Holy Spirit without delving into the Bible, or can you recite verses fluently but struggle to trust that God can communicate with you personally? Perhaps you feel inadequate in both areas.

Initially, the Ethiopian official may not appear to be the type of person who would show interest in Jesus, being wealthy and influential and coming from a different cultural background. Yet, Philip discovers him engrossed in reading the scriptures, earnestly seeking a connection with God. Is there someone in your life – perhaps at your workplace – whom you have assumed has no inclination towards Jesus, but who might surprise you?

The words that strike me are, “Philip opened his mouth…” Often, I find myself presented with an opportunity to share my faith but remain silent due to fear of sounding foolish. In the book of Mark, Jesus advises us not to worry about how to articulate your faith, but instead to speak whatever is given to you by the Holy Spirit (Mark 13:11).

Think and pray
Even the Apostle Paul didn't talk with persuasive words of wisdom, but rather a knowledge of God's word and a reliance on the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:4)

Heavenly Father, Your message of salvation is meant for every person. Today, I lift up those individuals I know who may appear to be the least likely to embrace Your love. Please, in Your grace, illuminate their minds and ignite a deep longing within their hearts to seek You. Grant me the boldness and bravery to openly share my faith with them, expressing the incredibly joy and hope that come from knowing You. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Adrian Savedra serves as Area Director for CBMC in Oklahoma. Having spent his early career as a head college baseball coach, his passion is helping others grow spiritually and apply the precepts of the bible to every area of their lives. He is active in his church and a shepherd to the many men involved with CBMC.