- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Acts 20
Read with map of the third journey.
Companions in Christ —- Luke recorded that God provided mission partners for Paul during his missionary journey. They accompanied with him, sharing the vision and burden with each other. Paul was not alone. Jesus Christ was always with him, and his companions were as well.
At Troas — “the first day of the week,” (v7) was the day after Sabbath, when Paul met people for teaching and taking the bread of sacramental meal, holy Communion. The first day of the week was when Jesus rose from the dead, resurrection, and it became a tradition of Sunday worship today. Paul raised a young man from the dead.
Farewell address in tears — At the end of his third missionary journey before he returned to Jerusalem, Paul met with church leaders from Ephesian church. He told them his passion for the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace, his labors in tears, and hardship that was waiting for him. And he gave them commission to take care of the church like the shepherd who cared his flock. His teaching touched them their heart and they wept together because they would not see him again.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Reflect on this question, “Who are your companions in Christ during your faith journey in this world?” and give thank for them.
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.