1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
The first recorded “missions” trip was launched at an international church. As they were worshiping and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart Barnabas and Saul”. There were many good teachers and prophets in the church but somehow and in a way they all understood, God the Holy Spirit communicated that it was Barnabas and Saul (a.k.a. Paul) who should go. The leaders, on behalf of the people, recognize that the Holy Spirit is organizing all of this and lay their hands on the two men then send them off. Perhaps this is how you got to be where you are today? (Someone laid hands on you, prayed for you and sent you) Perhaps this will be how you leave? (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God and His mission for us/you?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
The Bible is where we can turn when we don’t know how to pray. Take a moment to be still and reflect on God’s word. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105.