Bible Commentary: “God Has Heard Your Prayer”

April 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Cornelius answered:  “Four days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me and said, `Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor”. (Acts 10:30-31)

Acts chapter 10 introduces us to a Roman Centurion named Cornelius. We are told “He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly” (Acts 10: 2).  This is an amazing description as Cornelius is Roman and the Romans had many Gods and believed that Caesar was one of them and actually confessed it as part of their duties. For Cornelius to be God-fearing must have put him in deadly danger. Yet he prayed to God regularly.  One day he receives a vision; an angel appears to him and tells him, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God” (Acts 10:4). God has heard all his prayers and received all his offerings and the angel tells him to go get Peter and where Peter is staying. So Cornelius sends his servants to bring him to Cornelius’ home.

Meanwhile God prepares Peter for the servant’s visit, as it was unlawful for a Jewish person to eat unclean things or associate outside of the faith. God gives Peter a vision and commands Peter to go. So Peter goes to the house of Cornelius and asks why he was sent for. And Cornelius tells him about the visit of the angel.

Peter then understands that God does not show favoritism and witnesses to them about Jesus, His life, death and resurrection. Then the same miracle that happened to Peter and the rest at Pentecost happens in the house of Cornelius and everyone is filled with the Holy Spirit.

All this happened because Cornelius was a God-fearing man and prayed daily and made offerings for the poor. We have no idea of how long Cornelius had been praying but we know he got an answer and the Lord remembered also his offerings! This was such an answer that everybody in his house was saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, what an answer!

Child of God – Sometimes when you pray for something, does it seems to take forever to get an answer from God? Does it feel like He is not listening? Does it feel like all your efforts are meaningless? Cheer up!  He is listening indeed! He is not only listening but He remembers all the things that you do on behalf of others and any effort that seems to be meaningless is not overlooked by Him. You will get your answer and it is going to be even more than what you expect. Just wait and trust!  (Ephesians 3:20-21) Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Our prayer:
Thank you Lord that you have the power and desire to bless me even further than what I can even imagine. Give me the wisdom to discern your answers and the patience to wait for them. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

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