April 9, Sunday

The AMI QT Devotionals from April 3-9 are provided by Pastor Peter Yoon of Kairos Christian Church in San Diego.  Peter is a graduate of U.C. Riverside and Talbot School of Theology (M.Div.).  He and his wife Jessica have three very active children: Nathan, Abigail, and Jason. 

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT FOR TODAY

“Prayer Walk That Opens a Closed Door”

1 Cor. 16:8

But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.

09Last Sunday, a sister—showing a lot of enthusiasm—asked me, “Are you excited about our prayer-walk around the community this afternoon?” And with a genuine excitement, I replied, “Yeah, I’m really excited!”

For the past year, our church has been intentionally praying for our local community. We moved into an area called Kearny Mesa in the fall of 2015, and after finally settling down, we participated in several prayer-walks around the area. We also began to bless our community, asking for His Kingdom to come into our areas during our intercessory prayer times. Afterwards, as I have learned from Experiencing God study, we kept our eyes open to see what the Lord would reveal.

Today, it seems that God is opening up several doors within our community. Those three areas are: 1) Chinese International student population, studying at the universities of San Diego; 2) possibly the camper community (homeless) within Kearny Mesa; and 3) Vietnamese-American youths who are considered “unreached,” living within the U.S. Step by step we are walking through these doors, knowing that doors for effective work is being opened for us by the Lord.

We also understand that there will be some level of spiritual “opposition.” Whether the challenges come from within or from the outside, we know that open doors do not guarantee ease of entry. If you’ve ever followed Paul’s missionary travels throughout the Book of Acts, you will see that open doors often included opposition. Paul could have just as easily been tempted to think that opposition meant the door was closing just as soon as it was opening, or that he may have simply misunderstood God’s will. Thankfully, Paul understood that opposition would soon ensue open doors for God’s work.

We, too, understand that with these open doors into our community, we expect to face challenges, difficulties, and perhaps even opposition. The Word of God has already shown us enough patterns so that we are made aware. The Word of God also exhorts us to continually pray as prayer is part of our spiritual weaponry in standing firm and overcoming opposition.

Ask the Lord for open doors for God’s work. Then keep your eyes open. When the doors do open, get involved, but do so with prayer, for you know that difficulties may soon follow. Remember Paul’s words in Romans 8:37: “In all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

Prayer: Lord, give me a heart for the people in my neighborhood, work, and church.  Motivate me to share with them what You have given me.  But first, help me to begin praying for them so that I may recognize what You’re already doing in their lives so that I merely need to join You.  Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: 2 Timothy 4

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