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In our passage today we reflect on the event that took place in Philippi where Paul and Silas were put in prison for freeing a young girl from demonic oppression. What resulted from their imprisonment was salvation and conversion of souls to the Christian faith. Today we will stick to the topic “the necessity for praying men”.



When God send He chooses ordinary human beings with ordinary challenges to accomplish extraordinary things. God in His wisdom has opted to partner with human beings as He puts His treasure in jars of clay. This strategy is fraught with many risks, chief among them human frailties. Some of the challenges to missions are as follows:-



1. Where God sends He predestined. In Eph 2: 10, the Bible says “we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do”. This verse is very interesting. It offers a peek into the divine order of God's calling and sending.



The story of Dorcas reminds me of an interesting quote from Cherokee proverbs which goes like this “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” This calls us to the reasons for our existence, we are created to be missionaries by our ways of life.



To bless is to pronounce words that confer goodwill and invoke God’s favour on an individual, a thing or a place. It is also to endow someone with material or other resources. It is a special
favour, benefit or mercy. The Hebrew word is “Barak” which means favoured or endowed with mercy. It means one who is full even when they appear to be empty or deficient. In Greek, the word is “Makarios” which means supremely favoured, fortunate, well off and full.

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