Day # 5
In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For it is written in the Book of Psalms,
‘May his camp become desolate,
and let there be no one to dwell in it’;
‘Let another take his office.’
So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
he turns it wherever he will.
Father, I am comforted when I am reminded that you know the hearts of all people and that you are sovereign over all our leaders. Thank you for our church leaders; help us remember to pray for them often and to serve them even as they serve us. Bless them and guard them from the enemy. Please raise up more leaders; your flock is great and your shepherds few. Establish the order of your body, the Church, with humility, truth, and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Excerpt From: Stranathan, Valerie. “Acts Devotional Guide, Volume 1.”