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02/04/2011

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A Favorite Place To Meet God


"On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place to pray....One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer of purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshipper of God" (Acts 16: 13-14).

So...Where is your favorite place to pray? In bed before you go to sleep or when you wake up? In your car on the way to work? Some room in your home? Is there some special place that is your favorite to meet with God? According to today's verse, while in Philippi, Paul and his companions went to the river to pray. They might have gone to a synagogue, but there were so few Jews in Philippi, that more than likely there was none. There were already some women there at the river, among them Lydia, who had the same idea. They may have gone to some other places to pray, but this river setting was the one they chose. It was a good place to meet God...The verse says that she was a worshipper of God. This could mean that she was searching for the right relationship with him, hence she was at the river meeting with Him through her prayers. We see here that there is a difference between being religious (a worshipper) and being truly converted to Him. "The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message" (V 14). What we have here is an example of someone (Lydia) searching for God until He found her. The next verse tells how she responded as she and the members of her household were baptized.

In the first century, churches met mostly in homes. It looks like Lydia's home became a place of hospitality and perhaps a church building very quickly. "She invited us into her home...'If you consider me to be a believer in the Lord' she said, 'come and stay at my house.' And she persuaded us" (V 15). The Lord opened her heart because she found the time to want to meet with him through prayer. Often our lives are full and busy, but are they busier than Lydia's? She had a business and a household, but still was able to balance her spiritual life into it. We don't know how hospitable she was before her acceptance and obedience, but we do know that God opened her heart and she opened her home. All because she went to a place to meet with God through prayer. She provides a good example for us...

Have a great day... Find time to meet with God today... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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