So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. 18And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized;19and taking food, he was strengthened. Acts 9:17-19
How is your sight these days? Are you squinting to the power of prayer? A stranger, a co-worker, a neighbor could be the very vessel Jesus is leading you to go to have your own eyes reopened. To regain your own sight.
When we as Christians are lead to a person of questionable reputation to pray, to help, to lend a hand, do we see a ‘Brother’ or ‘Sister’ or just their shortcomings? Our own history, yet a Believer today, was once blinded to reputation, lifestyle, and shortcomings too. And although there may still be whispers about our yesterday Jesus be our voice, our road of redemption today.
A Prayer For Two
Imagine a prayer for one being a prayer for two. Both men, Saul and Ananias were told to ‘rise’ by Jesus. ‘Rise and enter,’ he told Saul in verse 6 and ‘Rise and go’ he told Ananias in verse 11. A well-know persecutor. And well-known disciple. Both would meet and re-meet Jesus in reputation of the other.
Prayer can be a peculiar and demanding thing. In that it can call the unsaved, the backslider, and the follower into prayer for one another. That all would regain and even renew their sight. Their outlook on Jesus (through prayer).
What Would Jesus Have
Jesus would have us to look at those we may make unworthy villains, those undeserving of our prayers, those who appear hopeless, to be lost causes, to see them just as instrumental to the cause of Christ (as he is making or using us to be).
When we relinquish what at glance seems to be ‘our’ prayers we can be lead and called by Jesus to pray for ‘others.’
So let’s go Christians, pray that Jesus would renew us to see Him in others.