Monday, October 19, 2009

"On our knees"

Today’s reading Acts 9: 39-43: 39Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

40Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, "Tabitha, get up." She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive. 42This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.

The power of God is magnificent and Peter got down on his knees and prayed to God for a miracle for this community. We really don’t know in these verses if he asked specifically for the resurrection, what we do know is that he prayed and then spoke to Dorcas telling her to get up. It is possible God choose to resurrect Dorcas to reinforce His power to these women around her.

Those around her that had been crying were mourning her loss and she had been such a servant to them, providing them with clothing they would not have had without her help. The Lord gave to them unconditionally, the gift of life for Dorcas.

The story spread around Joppa swiftly, that is just like God to give His people the pleasure of His works without holding back anything. Complete and full supply of their friend, they were not expecting this, but received it!

We must approach God on our knees asking Him to bless those that serve the widows and the poor and ask Him to grant his mighty power.

Dorothy Drago Brucks
Aldersgate UMC
Nixa, MO

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