Devotions for the Praying Heart
Email  |  My Account  |  Donate
… but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
Acts 10:10 – 14

Do you know what God did for Peter during the precious days in Joppa when he tarried on the potter’s wheel?

He delivered him of some racial and ethnic prejudices.

Peter didn’t even realize he had those prejudices. He didn’t see those flaws in himself, so he didn’t know he even needed to address them. But as he spent time on the rooftop praying, God opened his eyes. He gave Peter a vision and said, “What God has cleansed you must not call common” (Acts 10:15).

Suddenly, Peter understood something about God he had never known before. He realized God is no respecter of persons but receives all men who call upon His name, regardless of their nationality. As a result, this already transformed disciple was further transformed and a whole new ministry was brought forth in the earth—the ministry to the Gentiles!

Notice Peter wasn’t changed by his own willpower. He was changed by revelation that came to him in the presence of God.

That’s the only way lasting changes in us can ever be made.

If we try to work them up on our own, although we might appear to have some temporary success, eventually our old faults and flaws will flare up again. The anger and bitterness we’ve suppressed will inevitably resurface. The selfishness we’ve shoved underground will, in our unguarded moments, begin seeping back out.

At such times, we would despair if it weren’t for the good news in Romans 5:17. There, God assures us that it is not by our works but by receiving the abundance of His grace and the gift of righteousness that we “will reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ.”

It is His divine power, not our human willpower that saves and transforms us. We, like Peter, are perfected by the working of His Spirit and the washing of His Word.

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:6 – 17

Source: Devotions for the Praying Heart by Lynne Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Lynne Hammond Ministries

Sign Up for the Devotions for the Praying Heart

Sign up and receive the Devotions for the Praying Heart via email!. Enter your email below, and you will be subscribed to our Feedburner account.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

About Us

The online ministry of cfaith has been helping people discover faith, friends and freedom in the Word since 2000. Cfaith provides a unique and comprehensive collection of faith-building resources for the worldwide faith community.

At cfaith, you can strengthen your faith and deepen your understanding of the Word of God by digging into the vast collection of teaching articles, streaming audio and video messages, and daily devotionals. No other website offers such a unique and extensive collection of spiritual-growth resources aimed at helping you grow in your knowledge of the Word.




Support Us

Why support cfaith?

(All contributions are 100% tax deductible)


For every Internet search you make using
goodsearch, cfaith will receive one penny!

GS Logo 250x38

Contact Us

Business Hours:

Monday—Friday: 9 a.m.—5 p.m. CST
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


(763) 488-7800 or (800) 748-8107

Mailing Address:
9201 75th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428


Login Form

Please ignore the “Secret Key” field; it is not needed to log in to cfaith.

Login Change Article

You need to enable user registration from User Manager/Options in the backend of Joomla before this module will activate.