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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 13, 2021

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TUESDAY, July 13

Acts 12:5 While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him.

I visited my neighbors’ house to play with a toy they had created for today’s gospel reading: a little house, made of cardboard with a movable square in the ceiling that could be lowered down in front of (a pretend) Jesus. This toy solidified my love for this story.

But rather than focus on the miracle Jesus performed, I am astounded by the level of faith the paralytic’s friends must have had: they climbed a roof, tore a hole in it, carried their friend to the top, and then lowered him back down.

I once heard that the desperation of our prayers should correspond with our desperation to see them answered. We learn in Acts that the church prayed fervently for Peter when he was imprisoned. This blood, sweat, and tears-in-the-roof sort of prayer was answered when Peter was freed from prison by an angel of the Lord. It makes me wonder: do I exhibit that type of fervor in my own prayer life, when I am bringing my friends before Jesus?

MOVING FORWARD: Invite some friends or neighbors to church. You don’t have to lower them through a roof, but make sure to sit with them and perhaps invite them to lunch afterward and answer any questions.

PRAY for the Diocese of the Free State (South Africa)

Ps 26, 28 * 36, 39 | 1 Samuel 19:1-18 | Acts 12:1-17 | Mark 2:1-12

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