Look below for this week's daily prayer devotionals written by leaders here at TACC. These devotionals are designed to help guide you as you read and pray through the scriptures. You can find our current reading schedule on our Shock & Awe page. You can also pick up printed copies at the back table of the worship center or in the church office. Scroll to the bottom of the page for downloads to of each month's devotional guides.
July 16 - 22
Monday, 7/16, Acts 19: The Spirit worked so mightily, Lord, as You performed extraordinary miracles through Paul that the presence of the Spirit would sometimes remain on the handkerchiefs and aprons Paul touched. Those items could then be used to heal and cast out demons! We are so tempted to misunderstand and honor such objects and occurrences as “magical”. Help us to see the unexplainable and supernatural things in Your word and in our world as manifestations of your awesome glory and power working according to Your plan for Your glory and our good. Thank You God that nothing is impossible for You or outside of Your control!
Tuesday, 7/17, Acts 20: We treasure your word, Lord, and are in awe of the ways You reveal Yourself and Your Son so intricately through the interworking of scripture. John tells us that so many things were done by Jesus during His ministry that not all of it could possibly be written down, let alone be completely chronicled in the Gospels. Paul quotes the words of Jesus as, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” – a quote found nowhere in the Gospels and yet so obviously in-keeping with the teaching and life of Christ that Paul admonishes them to “remember the words of the Lord Jesus”.
Wednesday, 7/18, Acts 21: The prophet Agabus prophesied that if Paul would go to Jerusalem he would be bound and delivered into the hands of the Gentiles. Paul’s friends urged him not to go to Jerusalem, even though he felt he was being led to go by the Holy Spirit. Paul knew what he needed to do for You Lord, and he was ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die for the name of Jesus. Help us, Lord, to be as willing to suffer loss, embarrassment, hardship, discomfort, inconvenience, and even imprisonment and death for the fame of Your glorious name!
Thursday, 7/19, Acts 22: Paul gave a testimony of his life before the Jewish crowd after he had been arrested for defiling the temple and for teaching against the law. In front of this hostile crowd, he clearly lays out what his life was like before Christ, his dramatic encounter with Christ and about his new life in Christ as a witness for Him to the Gentiles. Lord, help us to understand the importance of our testimonies in leading others to know the life changing power of Your Spirit, and help us to rehearse our testimonies and be ready to give an account to anyone who asks the reason for the hope that is in us.
Friday, 7/20, Acts 23: God, you are mighty and sovereign, your plans can never be thwarted! In this chapter, your hand is apparent at every turn. You granted Paul a vision confirming that he was going to live long enough to testify about Christ not only in Jerusalem but also in Rome. You brought information to light and created the opportunity to save Paul’s life so that your purpose could be fulfilled. Lord, help us to see your sovereign hand in our own lives and you manage everything that happens to your exact specifications for the completion of your plan and purpose.
Saturday, 7/21, Acts 24: Paul is accused of three things, two false and one true. He is accused of stirring up riots and profaning the temple, both false. But the third accusation is true – he is a leader of the “sect of the Nazarenes” or “the Way” or as we say today, the Christians. He proudly confirms his belief in everything in the law and the prophets and his hope in God and in the resurrection of the just and the unjust. Lord, give us all the strength and confidence to profess our devotion to You and to Your word in the face of adversity and persecution.
Sunday, 7/22, Acts 25: Just as with Jesus, the Jews case against Paul was so flimsy that the Romans were at a loss as to what they should do with him. So Paul, knowing God wanted him to go to Rome and that he will most likely die there, takes decisive action and appeals his case to Caesar. Again and again we see the words, “he has done nothing deserving death”, and yet that was Your plan for him. And Paul faithfully did all he could to stay within Your will. God, give us all that kind of confidence and trust in Your will and in Your love for us.