In Acts 9, the Lord mercifully redeems a murderer and persecutor of His people. God uses a previously unknown man by the name of Ananias as a gospel messenger to Saul.
Father, give me the spirit of Ananias that is ready to go where you send me and to do whatever you bid me. Thank you for knowing where to find those who are yours (Acts 9:11). Send me to them. May I live to see such marvelous conversions to Christ that occur in this passage.
The persecutor has become a prayer! Saul went from saying his prayers to praying his prayers. Matthew Henry writes: “Regenerating grace sets people to praying; you may as soon find a living man without breath as a living Christian without prayer; if breathless, lifeless and so, if prayerless, graceless.”
Here’s a link to our Wednesday Vespers that focuses on Acts 9: Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. During this brief service, we sing a hymn, pray a Psalm, read a portion of the NT, share a devotional, pray the Scriptures back to the Lord, and then celebrate communion.